What is Cloud Web Hosting?
What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terms. Still, just a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story concise, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Solely.
1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which involves one single file storage device for all clients, does not turn any given web hosting vendor into an authentic cloud website hosting distributor.
The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting service providers can really make it.
2. It Includes Domains, Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving countless domains, web portals, e-mail addresses, and so on, aren't we?
To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering solely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the email linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these given assignments. There might be only one single or perchance a whole collection of electronic mail servers, determined by the total load produced. To have an authentic cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting plans provider will support multiple server farm locations on multiple continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of an authentic cloud website hosting packages provider:
If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you perceive a DNS such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS just shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote data storage solution, as lots of hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot 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 electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a few brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will appear out of the blue.