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Description of Cloud Website Hosting
What is cloud website hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. Still, only a select few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story concise, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.
1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not turn any particular web hosting company into a real cloud website hosting accounts provider.
The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the whole web 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 whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very scanty number of web hosting corporations can really achieve it.
2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domain names, web pages, email mailbox accounts, and so on, right?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than providing only remote data storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated just to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or maybe an entire stack of mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter facility locations on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting vendor:
If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you discern a DNS such as the one below:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS plainly demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely offer file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks really quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, probably several new clouds we currently are not aware of will emerge out of nowhere.