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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terminology. Yet, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage tool for all users, does not transform any given web hosting provider into an authentic cloud website hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting distributors dub the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very small number of web hosting distributors can really accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domain names, sites, electronic mail accounts, and so on, right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying simply remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or possibly a whole group of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting packages provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

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

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined only to a remote data storage solution, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up unexpectedly.