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What Does Cloud Website Hosting Signify?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting terminology. Nevertheless, just a select few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale short, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting company into a real cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-server hosting environment, precisely 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 relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very meager number of web hosting service providers can truly attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domain names, sites, electronic mails, etc., right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than offering only remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the electronic mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one single or probably a whole bundle of email servers, based on the total server load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud hosting accounts provider:

If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS just demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote file storage service, as lots of web hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will appear out of the blue.