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Definition of Cloud Website Hosting

What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting terminology. In spite of that, only a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story brief, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one data storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any particular hosting supplier into an actual cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can actually accomplish it.

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

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, online portals, email accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering solely remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one or perhaps a whole assortment of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real number. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting plans provider will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

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


dns1.webhostingforlife.com

dns2.webhostingforlife.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS plainly manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they merely distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will show up out of nowhere.