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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Yet, only a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale brief, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which involves one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any specific service provider into an actual cloud hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers dub the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other constituents of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting service providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web sites, mailboxes, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing just remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one or perhaps an entire bunch of email servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud hosting solutions provider:

If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as many web hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they simply offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a few new clouds we currently are not informed about will show up out of the blue.