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Cloud Hosting Defined

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. In spite of that, just a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all users, does not turn any particular web hosting vendor into an authentic cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting companies can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web sites, electronic mail addresses, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing only remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these given assignments. There might be just one or maybe an entire pack of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting vendor will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting plans provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of DNS just exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will come up out of the blue.