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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Even so, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale short, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which involves one single data storage device for all customers, does not convert any specific hosting corporation into an actual cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very small number of hosting service providers can really make it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving many domains, online portals, electronic mail addresses, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering just remote data storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted just to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting supplier will support multiple datacenter facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting distributor:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server only demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as numerous web hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears really quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will appear out of nowhere.