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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting phraseology. In spite of that, just a select few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Solely.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any given hosting distributor into an actual cloud website hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to deliver remote file storage services a cloud website hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual 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-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of hosting vendors can truly do it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domain names, sites, e-mails, and so on, aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole collection of electronic mail servers, depending on the total load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting distributor will support multiple server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting vendor:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you see a DNS such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server simply indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server handles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as many hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, probably a number of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will turn up unexpectedly.