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Cloud Hosting Explained

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting phraseology. Still, only a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long story short, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single data storage device for all users, does not turn any given hosting vendor into a real cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very scanty number of hosting providers can truly accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, sites, electronic mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than offering just remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be just one single or probably an entire set of electronic mail servers, based on the total load created. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting packages provider will support multiple datacenter facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud website hosting firm:


dns1.inertiagroups.com

dns2.inertiagroups.com


If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a DNS like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server just illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one simple segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will emerge unexpectedly.