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How Cloud Hosting Works

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which involves one data storage device for all customers, does not convert any given service provider into an actual cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers call the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. Very few hosting service providers can actually achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domains, sites, mail addresses, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing simply remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one or probably a whole bunch of mail servers, depending on the total load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' 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 real cloud hosting plans provider will support numerous server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting services provider:


dns1.ivanservices.ca

dns2.ivanservices.ca


If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you spot a DNS like the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS merely manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server handles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined just to a remote data storage solution, as lots of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly deliver file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is really quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a bunch of new clouds we presently are not informed about will emerge out of nowhere.