How Does Cloud Web Hosting Work?
What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Yet, just a select few actually know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.
1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any particular hosting corporation into an actual cloud web hosting vendor.
The cPanel web hosting suppliers dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very scanty number of hosting firms can actually attain it.
2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving countless domain names, sites, electronic mail aliases, etc., aren't we?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than offering merely remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be just one or possibly an entire bunch of email servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting company will support multiple data center facility sites on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting accounts provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server just displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited just to a remote data storage service, as lots of hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a couple of new clouds we presently don't know about will appear out of nowhere.