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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. In spite of that, just a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long story succinct, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one data storage device for all users, does not turn any particular web hosting service provider into an actual cloud hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to supply remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can actually accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving plenty of domains, web sites, electronic mail aliases, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying solely remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one or maybe an entire group of email servers, based on the overall server load created. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting accounts provider will support multiple datacenter facility sites on multiple continents.

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



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you perceive a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS plainly manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage service, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed quite simple, 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 just one tiny component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will come up out of the blue.