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Definition of Cloud Web Hosting
What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. However, just a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story short, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.
1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which involves one disk storage device for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting company into a real cloud website hosting solutions provider.
The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. Very few web hosting service providers can actually accomplish it.
2. It Involves Domains, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domain names, sites, email addresses, and so on, right?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the electronic mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one single or possibly a whole bundle of electronic mail servers, based on the total load created. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing different. 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 an actual cloud website hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center facility sites on multiple continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting services provider:
If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a DNS such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server merely illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server deals with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote data storage solution, as many hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they simply furnish file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered 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 near future, perchance several brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will turn up out of nowhere.