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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?
What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting terminology. Even so, only a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story brief, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Solely.
1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all users, does not turn any particular web hosting service provider into a genuine cloud website hosting company.
The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very meager number of web hosting distributors can truly do it.
2. It Entails Domains, E-mails, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving many domains, web portals, e-mailboxes, and so on, are we not?
To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the e-mail linked services. Doing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire set of mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a true cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting corporation will support numerous server farm sites on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting distributor:
If such a DNS is offered by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. 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 single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one server is responsible for all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined solely to a remote data storage service, as multiple web hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they simply provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will appear out of the blue.