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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Nonetheless, just a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any specific provider into a real cloud website hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. Very few web hosting firms can actually do it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving countless domains, web pages, e-mails, and so on, aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying only remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the electronic mail related services. Performing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one or possibly an entire set of mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting firm will support numerous server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting services provider:


dns1.hostviral.com

dns2.hostviral.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


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

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted just to a remote data storage service, as many service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a number of new clouds we presently are not aware of will turn up out of the blue.