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Explanation of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. Even so, just a select few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not convert any particular hosting service provider into a real cloud website hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very small number of hosting providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, sites, mail aliases, etc., right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than offering only remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail connected services. Doing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or possibly an entire stack of email servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud website hosting company:


dns1.buydomains2.net

dns2.buydomains2.net


If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you see a DNS such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS simply indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single server takes care of all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote disk storage service, as multiple hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance several new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up unexpectedly.