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What Does Cloud Website Hosting Stand for?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. Yet, just a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story brief, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage device for all users, does not turn any particular hosting company into an actual cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very small number of hosting vendors can actually make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domains, web sites, e-mail boxes, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be just one single or probably a whole pack of mail servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, 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 hosting corporation will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting distributor:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a few new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up out of the blue.