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Definition of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. Yet, just a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any specific web hosting firm into a genuine cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. Very few web hosting firms can actually attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, online portals, email boxes, and so on, aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying plainly remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail connected services. Performing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole stack of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting distributor will support numerous datacenter facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting services provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you spot a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server only displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will appear out of the blue.