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What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting terminology. However, only a select few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting service provider into an authentic cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of hosting providers can really do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domains, sites, email mailbox accounts, etc., right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole group of mail servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting services provider will support multiple server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting plans provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS simply illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote file storage solution, as many service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly supply file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. 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 web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the 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, perhaps several brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will turn up out of nowhere.