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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting lingo. Nonetheless, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which involves one file storage tool for all users, does not convert any particular web hosting vendor into a genuine cloud website hosting company.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of hosting companies can actually accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving many domain names, web portals, mail addresses, etc., right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing only remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted just to the e-mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be only one or probably an entire set of email servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting firm will support multiple server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud website hosting vendor:

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server only manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote disk storage solution, as plenty of web hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a couple of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will emerge out of the blue.