Cloud Web Hosting Explanation

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Yet, just a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular web hosting corporation into a real cloud hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very small number of hosting providers can truly make it.

2. It Includes Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web sites, e-mail box accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than providing solely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one single or maybe a whole stack of mail servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting company:

If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited solely to a remote data storage service, as multiple hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they simply deliver file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found 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 near future, perhaps a number of new clouds we presently are not informed about will show up out of nowhere.