How Does Cloud Hosting Work?
What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Yet, only a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.
1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single file storage tool for all users, does not turn any particular hosting company into an authentic cloud web hosting corporation.
The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. Very few hosting service providers can really accomplish it.
2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.
Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, web sites, e-mail accounts, etc., are we not?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than providing plainly remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one single or probably an entire set of e-mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting plans provider will support multiple data center locations 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 furnished by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server just displays that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage service, as plenty of service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one simple fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, probably several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will emerge out of the blue.