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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terms. Nonetheless, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale brief, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which involves one single data storage device for all users, does not turn any particular provider into an authentic cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very small number of service providers can actually attain it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving lots of domains, sites, mail accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying simply remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one single or perchance a whole array of email servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting provider will support numerous data center sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting services provider:


dns1.wisehost.ca

dns2.wisehost.ca


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server simply reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited just to a remote disk storage service, as lots of service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a few new clouds we presently are not informed about will appear out of nowhere.