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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. Still, just a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale brief, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which involves one disk storage device for all clients, does not turn any particular hosting service provider into a genuine cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of hosting firms can truly make it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving multiple domains, sites, email boxes, etc., right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing solely remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be only one or perchance an entire stack of mail servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting plans provider will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting packages provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined solely to a remote file storage service, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really quite 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 fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a number of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up out of nowhere.