How Cloud Web Hosting Works
What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.
1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which involves one single file storage appliance for all users, does not turn any specific hosting distributor into an authentic cloud website hosting supplier.
The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very small number of hosting distributors can actually accomplish it.
2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving countless domain names, web pages, mailbox aliases, and so on, right?
To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing just remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be just one single or possibly an entire cluster of mail servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real number. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting distributor will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting distributor:
If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server merely illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited only to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one tiny fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps several new clouds we presently don't know about will turn up out of the blue.