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Cloud Hosting Defined

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Nonetheless, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all users, does not turn any specific provider into an authentic cloud website hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very meager number of web hosting suppliers can really achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domains, web portals, email mailbox accounts, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying just remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the email connected services. Executing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one or perchance an entire bundle of mail servers, based on the total load created. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting solutions provider will support multiple server farm facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of an actual cloud website hosting firm:



If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS simply displays that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined only to a remote disk storage service, as multiple hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one simple fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will appear out of nowhere.