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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. Yet, only a select few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which involves one file storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any particular hosting firm into a genuine cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of web hosting companies can really do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, web sites, emails, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering merely remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted solely to the electronic mail related services. Executing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or possibly a whole set of electronic mail servers, determined by the total load produced. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting corporation will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting supplier:


dns1.jonknighthost.com

dns2.jonknighthost.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage service, as lots of hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly supply file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a couple of new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up out of nowhere.