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Cloud Hosting Definition
What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Nonetheless, just a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Solely.
1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any particular provider into an actual cloud website hosting firm.
The cPanel web hosting vendors name the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very meager number of hosting distributors can actually do it.
2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving countless domains, websites, electronic mail addresses, and so on, right?
To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying simply remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated just to the mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole stack of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have an authentic cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting solutions provider will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting firm:
If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a DNS such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted just to a remote data storage service, as a lot of web hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one small fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will appear unexpectedly.