In shared hosting the client ‘rents’ pure virtual storage space shared by multiple users. A ‘shared server’ is comparable to storage space rented for gold shares acquired on the stock market, where the actual gold is held at Fort Knox, presupposing that Fort Knox holds privately owned gold rather than USA Federal gold reserves. In such an hypothesis the gold owner never has access to Fort Knox and has control over neither the manner in which the gold is stored nor the security systems protecting the gold housed within Fort Knox. Multiple investors own shares in the gold housed within Fort Knox, and while the investors retain the rights to, and ownership of, their investments they have no actual say in the manner in which it is stored, protected or maintained. Furthermore, the investor may not dictate the type of valuable stored in Fort Knox. The investor may store any type of gold bullion, but it may only be gold bullion and not, for example, diamonds. Fort Knox in turn provides secure storage for the gold investment.
‘Shared hosting’ is a virtual equivalent of such warehouse storage, however, instead of gold the client stores data and programmes. The client may not change the core technologies, being “the most prevalent ‘stack’ of technologies in hosting”. The “core stack of technologies” which is essentially comprised of the “operating system”, “website application server software”, “the database server software” and “language” of the server system may not be changed by the client or alternative “core stack of technologies” downloaded or installed. This is comparable with Fort Knox storage restrictions whereby any form of gold bullion may be stored, but not diamonds. In this example, the ‘gold bullion’ in Fort Knox is the “core stack”. Thus, the client may store any form of data and may download or install software provided that such installation conforms with the storage restrictions applicable to the ‘share hosting’ server.