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What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, only a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long tale short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one data storage device for all users, does not convert any specific hosting firm into a genuine cloud website hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very meager number of web hosting distributors can truly make it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, web sites, e-mailboxes, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering just remote data storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted solely to the mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be only one or probably a whole group of email servers, based on the overall load created. To have a true cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting supplier will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting packages provider:

If such a DNS is provided by your hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you observe a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS just manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a number of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will come up out of nowhere.