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Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting

What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story brief, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any given hosting corporation into an actual cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting companies call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. Very few web hosting vendors can truly make it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domains, sites, mailbox accounts, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing merely remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the e-mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or maybe a whole assortment of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting firm will support multiple server farm facility sites on multiple continents.

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



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS plainly manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single server tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote data storage solution, as multiple hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they plainly offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple component of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a bunch of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will surface out of nowhere.