How Cloud Hosting Works
What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Still, only a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible 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 Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Solely.
1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any specific hosting distributor into a real cloud website hosting solutions provider.
The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very scanty number of service providers can really accomplish it.
2. It Entails Domains, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving multiple domains, online portals, mail accounts, and so on, are we not?
To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than providing merely remote file storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the email linked services. Executing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or perchance an entire cluster of mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting firm will support multiple data center sites on multiple continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud website hosting solutions provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a DNS such as the one below:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS simply indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as many web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. 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, as it's simply one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance a few brand new clouds we currently don't know about will come up unexpectedly.