What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?
What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale brief, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.
1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which involves one single data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any specific hosting distributor into a genuine cloud hosting distributor.
The cPanel web hosting vendors name the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very meager number of web hosting suppliers can really attain it.
2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, websites, e-mail box accounts, and so on, are we not?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing plainly remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the electronic mail related services. Performing nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or probably a whole bundle of mail servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting firm will support numerous server farm facility locations on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting plans provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS plainly shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted only to a remote data storage service, as many hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they plainly distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will turn up unexpectedly.