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What Does Cloud Hosting Stand for?

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Still, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale concise, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage solution, which involves one data storage device for all clients, does not transform any given web hosting provider into a genuine cloud website hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. Very few web hosting firms can actually attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domain names, web portals, e-mail addresses, and so on, are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole assortment of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting supplier will support numerous datacenter facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting firm:



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS merely reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as lots of web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one tiny fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface out of nowhere.