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Cloud Website Hosting Explanation

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story short, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which involves one data storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any specific web hosting corporation into a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting providers call the ability to deliver remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. Very few web hosting service providers can really make it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, web portals, mails, etc., are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than providing plainly remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Performing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or probably a whole bunch of mail servers, determined by the total server load created. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider will support numerous data center sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting corporation:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you discern a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS simply indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited only to a remote data storage service, as multiple hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely deliver file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one simple fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we currently are not informed about will turn up unexpectedly.