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What Does Cloud Website Hosting Mean?

What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Yet, only a select few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which involves one single file storage appliance for all users, does not transform any specific hosting firm into a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very meager number of hosting companies can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving a lot of domain names, online portals, e-mail accounts, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering solely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted just to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one or possibly an entire pack of e-mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting packages provider will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.

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


dns1.hosting.lufdyonline.com

dns2.hosting.lufdyonline.com


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you discern a DNS such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS simply manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they simply supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a number of brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up unexpectedly.

 

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