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Definition of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Yet, only a select few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale concise, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any specific service provider into an actual cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces 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 entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. Very few hosting service providers can truly do it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domains, sites, mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than providing only remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one or maybe an entire cluster of electronic mail servers, based on the total server load created. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting vendor will support multiple server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting packages provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of web hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they merely distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps several brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will show up unexpectedly.