What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?
What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's IT, Internet and hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Only.
1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any given web hosting firm into a real cloud hosting solutions provider.
The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very small number of service providers can actually accomplish it.
2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, websites, mailbox accounts, and so on, right?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than providing only remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or possibly a whole group of mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting corporation will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud hosting supplier:
If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS only displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote data storage service, as numerous web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they plainly supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one tiny fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface unexpectedly.