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Cloud Website Hosting Clarified

What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting lingo. Even so, only a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not convert any specific web hosting service provider into an actual cloud hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very scanty number of hosting suppliers can really make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting service, serving plenty of domains, sites, mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing just remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted only to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole stack of email servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting vendor will support numerous data center facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you see a DNS such as the one beneath:



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

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small segment of the whole cloud web 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 FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will appear unexpectedly.