What Indeed is Cloud Website Hosting?
What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terminology. Yet, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale succinct, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.
1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which involves one single data storage tool for all users, does not turn any given provider into an authentic cloud hosting plans provider.
The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can really do it.
2. It Entails Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, websites, email aliases, etc., right?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering simply remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted just to the electronic mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one or possibly a whole group of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting firm will support numerous server farm locations on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud hosting plans provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you observe a DNS such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS only exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited just to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears 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 segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a number of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear out of the blue.