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How Does Cloud Website Hosting Work?

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What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Nevertheless, just a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular provider into an actual cloud website hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting distributors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, web portals, email mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering just remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the e-mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one or probably a whole cluster of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting accounts provider will support multiple data center sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting solutions provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you notice a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server simply demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote data storage service, as lots of hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a few brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.

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