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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting lingo. Nevertheless, just a select few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one disk storage tool for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting corporation into a genuine cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting firms name the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, web pages, e-mail addresses, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than providing simply remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the e-mail related services. Performing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one or perchance an entire cluster of email servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting plans provider will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting corporation:


dns1.www.webdevhosting.net

dns2.www.webdevhosting.net


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS plainly demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as lots of hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they merely provide file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a number of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will come up out of the blue.