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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. However, only a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single file storage device for all users, does not turn any given web hosting supplier into a real cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of hosting companies can truly accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving numerous domains, sites, mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying simply remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be only one single or maybe an entire array of email servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting distributor:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined solely to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one small constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface out of nowhere.