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Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting

What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting lingo. In spite of that, only a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any given web hosting distributor into an authentic cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to furnish remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very meager number of hosting service providers can really do it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving many domain names, web sites, e-mailbox accounts, and so on, are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than offering simply remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole collection of e-mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid 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 an actual cloud hosting packages provider will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server simply illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they merely furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably several new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up out of nowhere.