How Does Cloud Web Hosting Work?
What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. Nevertheless, only a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long tale brief, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Only.
1. Providing a remote file storage solution, which involves one single file storage tool for all users, does not convert any particular hosting company into an authentic cloud website hosting supplier.
The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of web hosting companies can truly accomplish it.
2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, sites, mail accounts, etc., right?
To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted only to the electronic mail linked services. Doing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole collection of electronic mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting supplier will support multiple datacenter facility locations on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting distributor:
If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you discern a DNS such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server plainly manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted only to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered 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 mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a number of brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up out of nowhere.