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What Does Cloud Hosting Mean?
What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting lingo. Still, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale concise, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.
1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which involves one single data storage device for all customers, does not transform any particular provider into an actual cloud web hosting company.
The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other parts of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of hosting vendors can truly do it.
2. It Involves Domains, Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, sites, email aliases, and so on, aren't we?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one or possibly a whole array of mail servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting company will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.
Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting corporation:
If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you discern a DNS like the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS merely displays that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited just to a remote disk storage service, as many hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they merely deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will emerge out of nowhere.