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What Indeed is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, only a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy story brief, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which comprises one disk storage tool for all users, does not convert any given hosting company into a genuine cloud hosting company.

The cPanel hosting suppliers call the ability to provide remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. Very few hosting companies can truly do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web sites, mail addresses, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing simply remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the electronic mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire array of mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting company will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

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

If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server just manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely deliver file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a number of new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge out of nowhere.