What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?
What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting lingo. However, only a few really know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long story short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Solely.
1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one data storage tool for all users, does not transform any given hosting service provider into a genuine cloud website hosting distributor.
The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to provide remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very small number of web hosting firms can truly make it.
2. It Entails Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domains, web portals, mails, and so on, aren't we?
To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing only remote data storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the email linked services. Doing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be just one or maybe an entire group of email servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting corporation will support multiple datacenter locations on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a DNS of an authentic cloud website hosting company:
If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you notice a DNS like the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS just indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Warped Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a couple of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will turn up out of nowhere.