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What Does Cloud Website Hosting Mean?

What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. Nevertheless, only a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story short, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one file storage device for all users, does not turn any particular hosting distributor into an authentic cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to deliver remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very small number of web hosting firms can really achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, web portals, email boxes, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing simply remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one or maybe an entire pack of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting supplier:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you observe a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server just demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as lots of web hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one simple fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface unexpectedly.