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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting terminology. However, only a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story concise, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one data storage tool for all users, does not convert any specific hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very small number of web hosting vendors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving many domain names, web sites, e-mailbox accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering solely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these particular assignments. There might be just one single or maybe an entire set of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting corporation will support numerous server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting supplier:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS merely manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined only to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of web hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a bunch of new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear out of nowhere.