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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's information technology, Internet and hosting phraseology. Nevertheless, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which involves one disk storage appliance for all users, does not transform any given provider into a genuine cloud website hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting companies name the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of hosting distributors can truly attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domains, web pages, e-mail boxes, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing only remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the mail associated services. Doing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be just one single or perchance a whole collection of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting services provider will support multiple data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of an actual cloud website hosting provider:


dns1.iservicesinc.net

dns2.iservicesinc.net


If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting plans 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 see a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote file storage service, as numerous hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a number of new clouds we presently are not informed about will turn up out of nowhere.