Explanation of Cloud Hosting
What is cloud website hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. Yet, just a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story brief, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.
1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which involves one single file storage device for all users, does not transform any particular provider into an actual cloud website hosting company.
The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to furnish remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining pieces of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very meager number of hosting firms can really do it.
2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, websites, e-mail accounts, etc., aren't we?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing merely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or maybe an entire assortment of email servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting corporation will support multiple data center locations on different continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting plans provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS plainly demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote file storage service, as a lot of hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply supply file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple component of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps several brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will show up out of the blue.