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What Indeed is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and web hosting parlance. Nonetheless, only a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story short, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting corporation into a genuine cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very small number of web hosting distributors can really do it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, websites, mail addresses, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering simply remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the email related services. Performing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting plans provider will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you perceive a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as numerous web hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they simply furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small constituent of the whole cloud web 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 DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will appear unexpectedly.