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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?
What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Even so, just a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.
1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all customers, does not turn any given hosting provider into an actual cloud website hosting services provider.
The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. Very few web hosting distributors can actually do it.
2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, sites, e-mails, etc., are we not?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing plainly remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or probably a whole assortment of mail servers, determined by the total server load created. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Doing 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) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting accounts provider will support numerous datacenter facility sites on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting company:
If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server simply manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as lots of hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they simply provide file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a few brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will spring up out of nowhere.