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How Cloud Web Hosting Operates

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terms. Still, just a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story short, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which involves one file storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting company into a genuine cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very small number of web hosting providers can actually achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, web sites, emails, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing only remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the email connected services. Performing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one or perhaps a whole set of mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting vendor will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting provider:


dns1.websitewebhostingservices.com

dns2.websitewebhostingservices.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited simply to a remote data storage solution, as multiple web hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a couple of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will surface unexpectedly.