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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Even so, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long story brief, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one data storage device for all clients, does not turn any given hosting corporation into a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to supply remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very meager number of hosting corporations can truly attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, web pages, email aliases, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering merely remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted only to the mail connected services. Performing nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole bunch of e-mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting plans provider will support multiple server farm facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting services provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they simply furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly several new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will come up out of nowhere.