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Cloud Hosting Definition

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. In spite of that, only a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one data storage tool for all users, does not convert any specific hosting service provider into an authentic cloud website hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very scanty number of hosting distributors can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, sites, electronic mail accounts, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying just remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the mail related services. Performing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or maybe an entire pack of email servers, determined by the total load produced. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting company will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting firm:


dns1.cloudinfrastructuresolutions.co.uk

dns2.cloudinfrastructuresolutions.co.uk


If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS just manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote data storage service, as lots of hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps several new clouds we presently don't know about will emerge out of nowhere.