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How Cloud Hosting Functions

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting phraseology. In spite of that, only a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage device for all users, does not convert any specific web hosting distributor into a real cloud website hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to deliver remote data storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can really make it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving many domain names, web sites, mail aliases, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than providing solely remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the email linked services. Executing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire cluster of e-mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting corporation:


dns1.tamarawhosting.com

dns2.tamarawhosting.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS only exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server handles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous web hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly deliver file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a few brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of nowhere.