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Cloud Website Hosting Explanation

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting parlance. Even so, just a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale brief, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single file storage tool for all users, does not transform any particular service provider into an actual cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of web hosting providers can actually do it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, online portals, email box accounts, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than offering simply remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the email related services. Performing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or perchance a whole bundle of email servers, based on the overall load created. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting services provider will support numerous datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting supplier:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS merely shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited simply to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe several brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will turn up unexpectedly.