How Cloud Hosting Works
What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting terms. Even so, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale succinct, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Solely.
1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single file storage tool for all customers, does not turn any given web hosting provider into a real cloud hosting accounts provider.
The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, 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 service, powered by a single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very meager number of service providers can truly achieve it.
2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving countless domain names, websites, electronic mail addresses, etc., right?
To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than offering plainly remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the electronic mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or perchance a whole pack of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting plans provider will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting corporation:
If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you discern a DNS like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage solution, as many web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely offer file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks really quite simple, 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 simple fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a bunch of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will come up out of nowhere.