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What Does Cloud Hosting Signify?

What is cloud website hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Yet, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story concise, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which involves one single data storage tool for all users, does not convert any specific hosting vendor into a genuine cloud website hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers dub the ability to furnish remote data storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very small number of hosting companies can actually accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving lots of domains, sites, e-mail box accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying just remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be only one single or probably a whole assortment of email servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting plans provider will support numerous server farm facility sites on multiple continents.

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



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server just indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited only to a remote disk storage service, as multiple web hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a couple of new clouds we presently don't know about will turn up unexpectedly.