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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?
What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Nevertheless, only a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long story short, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Only.
1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which involves one disk storage tool for all customers, does not turn any given web hosting service provider into an actual cloud website hosting plans provider.
The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. Very few web hosting providers can truly make it.
2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, web pages, mailboxes, etc., are we not?
To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying only remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these given procedures. There might be only one or probably an entire pack of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall load created. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real number. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting plans provider will support multiple data center facility sites on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting vendor:
If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS merely manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined solely to a remote file storage solution, as multiple hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they simply deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly several new clouds we presently are not informed about will turn up unexpectedly.