How Cloud Hosting Functions
What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting terminology. Nevertheless, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story brief, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Only.
1. Furnishing a remote data storage service, which comprises one data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any particular web hosting distributor into an actual cloud hosting provider.
The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very meager number of hosting corporations can really achieve it.
2. It Involves Domains, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domain names, web pages, e-mail aliases, etc., right?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than offering solely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted just to the mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or probably an entire set of mail servers, based on the overall load generated. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter facility sites on multiple continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of a true cloud hosting company:
If such a DNS is offered by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you perceive a DNS such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS plainly shows that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not limited just to a remote disk storage service, as a lot of web hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely deliver file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a number of new clouds we currently don't know about will come up out of the blue.
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|1 website hosted||5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted|
|$5.83 / month||$8.33 / month||$15.42 / month||$18.75 / month|