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Definition of Cloud Website Hosting

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. In spite of that, just a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale brief, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all users, does not transform any particular hosting firm into an actual cloud hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very small number of hosting suppliers can really accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving plenty of domains, web portals, electronic mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering plainly remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be only one or maybe an entire assortment of e-mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual number. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting solutions provider will support numerous datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting packages provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited only to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty 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 e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a few brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will turn up out of the blue.