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Cloud Hosting Clarified

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Still, just a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single data storage device for all users, does not convert any specific hosting service provider into a genuine cloud website hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to distribute remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very small number of hosting corporations can truly attain it.

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

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web portals, email mailbox accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one or possibly a whole bundle of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting provider will support numerous server farm facility sites on multiple continents.

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



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you notice a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS plainly illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage service, as multiple hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks 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, because it's only one simple fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will surface unexpectedly.