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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. In spite of that, just a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage device for all clients, does not turn any given web hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage services for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of web hosting suppliers can truly do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, web pages, email aliases, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing solely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire array of email servers, determined by the total load generated. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting vendor will support multiple datacenter facility sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting services provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS plainly illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote disk storage service, as many hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely offer file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just 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 electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we currently don't know about will spring up out of the blue.