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Cloud Hosting Clarified

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Nevertheless, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any specific hosting vendor into a real cloud website hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very small number of service providers can actually accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web sites, email box accounts, and so on, are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than providing just remote data storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the electronic mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one or maybe a whole set of electronic mail servers, determined by the total load produced. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual number. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting accounts provider will support multiple data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting corporation:



If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you notice a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited solely to a remote disk storage solution, as many hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty 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 File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a bunch of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will spring up out of the blue.