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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's computing, Internet and hosting terminology. Yet, only a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long tale short, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all users, does not turn any particular hosting provider into a real cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, based on a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very small number of web hosting providers can truly make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web pages, mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering merely remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the e-mail connected services. Performing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or perchance a whole group of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing else. The same is valid 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 real cloud website hosting solutions provider will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud website hosting packages provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you perceive a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS simply indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined solely to a remote disk storage service, as a lot of web hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they simply deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a number of new clouds we presently don't know about will appear unexpectedly.