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How Cloud Website Hosting Works

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting parlance. In spite of that, just a few really can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long tale concise, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which comprises one single file storage tool for all customers, does not convert any specific hosting firm into a real cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. Very few web hosting suppliers can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domains, web portals, mailbox aliases, etc., right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing merely remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the mail connected services. Performing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire stack of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting distributor will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting firm:


dns1.dgteinternet.com

dns2.dgteinternet.com


If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you see a DNS like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS simply manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote data storage solution, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one simple fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will appear out of the blue.