How Cloud Hosting Operates
What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Even so, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly 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 Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.
1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage device for all customers, does not transform any specific service provider into an actual cloud hosting vendor.
The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of hosting vendors can truly achieve it.
2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domains, web portals, mails, and so on, are we not?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than providing only remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted just to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or maybe a whole set of mail servers, based on the total server load generated. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting corporation will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting accounts provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you discern a DNS like the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server merely indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as many web hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one small part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a number of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||1 website hosted|
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