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How Does Cloud Web Hosting Function?
What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Yet, only a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long story brief, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Solely.
1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all customers, does not transform any specific hosting firm into an actual cloud web hosting corporation.
The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to provide remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of service providers can really accomplish it.
2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.
Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving countless domains, online portals, email addresses, and so on, aren't we?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing solely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted only to the mail related services. Doing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perchance a whole pack of mail servers, depending on the total load created. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting company will support multiple data center facility locations on multiple continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting distributor:
If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS just demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined only to a remote disk storage solution, as many hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed 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 simply one simple segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface out of nowhere.