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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Yet, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long tale short, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which involves one file storage device for all users, does not transform any given hosting firm into a real cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. Very few hosting distributors can truly make it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Emails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web portals, mail aliases, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than providing merely remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the mail related services. Doing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one or perhaps an entire stack of mail servers, depending on the total load generated. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' 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 genuine cloud website hosting solutions provider will support numerous datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting vendor:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server merely exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined simply to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous web hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they merely provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one simple segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a number of new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up out of the blue.