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What Actually is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story succinct, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which comprises one file storage device for all clients, does not convert any particular hosting corporation into a genuine cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very meager number of web hosting firms can really make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, online portals, email mailboxes, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the electronic mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be just one or probably an entire bunch of mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting supplier:

If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you spot a DNS like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server plainly shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited simply to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple web hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one simple part of the whole cloud 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 mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a couple of new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up out of the blue.