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How Does Cloud Hosting Function?

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What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Still, just a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any given hosting distributor into a genuine cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very meager number of hosting distributors can truly accomplish it.

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

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving lots of domain names, web pages, email mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering only remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be just one or possibly an entire set of email servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the users' hosting 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 hosting accounts provider will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting company:


dns1.atkotechhosting.com

dns2.atkotechhosting.com


If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server just illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of web hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple 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 FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a few brand new clouds we currently don't know about will come up out of the blue.

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