Definition of Cloud Website Hosting
What is cloud website hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Nevertheless, just a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.
1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting vendor into an actual cloud website hosting corporation.
The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. Very few hosting firms can truly achieve it.
2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web sites, email boxes, and so on, are we not?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than offering just remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or maybe a whole assortment of mail servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting provider will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud website hosting company:
If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS only demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server handles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited only to a remote file storage solution, as many hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly provide file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one simple fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a number of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will spring up out of nowhere.