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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Nonetheless, only a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long tale concise, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote file storage solution, which involves one single file storage device for all customers, does not convert any specific web hosting vendor into a real cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can truly make it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

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

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering only remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the mail linked services. Carrying out nothing different than these given procedures. There might be just one single or possibly a whole array of email servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual number. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting supplier will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting packages provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server plainly demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server handles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted just to a remote data storage service, as a lot of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perchance a number of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will appear out of the blue.