Cloud Web Hosting Definition
What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. Yet, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.
1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which comprises one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any particular hosting distributor into a genuine cloud website hosting plans provider.
The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, based on a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of hosting suppliers can really do it.
2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving a lot of domain names, web portals, emails, and so on, right?
To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than providing just remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one or perchance an entire group of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting firm will support multiple data center facility locations on multiple continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting distributor:
If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a DNS like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS merely shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted just to a remote data storage service, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly offer file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny component of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will come up unexpectedly.