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What In Fact is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Nevertheless, just a select few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which comprises one file storage appliance for all users, does not turn any specific hosting distributor into a real cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very small number of web hosting distributors can really achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, sites, e-mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing merely remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the electronic mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be only one single or possibly a whole bundle of mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider will support multiple data center locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting company:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS only demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote data storage service, as multiple hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a couple of new clouds we currently are not familiar with will emerge unexpectedly.