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Definition of Cloud Website Hosting

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terminology. Even so, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which involves one single data storage device for all customers, does not transform any particular web hosting company into a genuine cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations call the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very small number of web hosting providers can actually do it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, online portals, e-mail accounts, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail connected services. Executing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one or perhaps an entire stack of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting plans provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you see a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server just displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of web hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one simple segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly several new clouds we currently are not informed about will come up out of the blue.