What is Cloud Web Hosting?
What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story brief, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Solely.
1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any given provider into a real cloud hosting packages provider.
The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of hosting providers can actually accomplish it.
2. It Entails Domain Names, Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domains, online portals, mail accounts, etc., aren't we?
To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering simply remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the email connected services. Performing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or possibly a whole stack of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting packages provider will support numerous datacenter facility locations on different continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider:
If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS just exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server deals with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not limited only to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting 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 upcoming future, probably a bunch of new clouds we currently are not informed about will surface out of nowhere.