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Cloud Website Hosting Unveiled

What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Nonetheless, just a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting provider into an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. Very few hosting providers can actually do it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domains, web portals, mailbox aliases, etc., right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering merely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the electronic mail connected services. Doing nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire cluster of mail servers, determined by the total load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting vendor will support multiple datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting distributor:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS simply exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server deals with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted only to a remote file storage service, as multiple hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge out of nowhere.