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Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Still, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale concise, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Offering a remote data storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not turn any given provider into a genuine cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of hosting service providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web pages, email addresses, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering merely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the email linked services. Doing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole collection of e-mail servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting services provider:



If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS just demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server is responsible for all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as plenty of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they merely supply file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will come up unexpectedly.