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Cloud Website Hosting Explanation

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Nevertheless, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy story concise, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given provider into a real cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting firms name the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very meager number of web hosting companies can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving lots of domains, web pages, e-mail boxes, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the email associated services. Performing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one or maybe an entire collection of e-mail servers, based on the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting provider will support multiple datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting distributor:

If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you discern a DNS like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most 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, since they simply distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface out of the blue.