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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Still, only a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long tale concise, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage device for all clients, does not turn any given web hosting distributor into a real cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient 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 other parts of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. Very few hosting companies can actually attain it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web pages, e-mail accounts, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the email connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one single or possibly an entire bunch of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting company will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud website hosting services provider:



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server simply illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined solely to a remote disk storage service, as lots of web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they merely provide file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up out of the blue.