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Explanation of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. Even so, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single file storage tool for all clients, does not turn any given hosting company into a real cloud website hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the other pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very small number of hosting suppliers can really achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving countless domains, sites, email box accounts, etc., right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than offering just remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the e-mail related services. Doing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire bunch of email servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

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



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server only exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage service, as numerous web hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly offer file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple 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 FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly several new clouds we currently are not aware of will come up unexpectedly.