Cloud Hosting Explanation
What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. However, only a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.
1. Offering a remote data storage service, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any particular hosting distributor into a genuine cloud web hosting services provider.
The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. Very few hosting companies can truly do it.
2. It Includes Domains, E-mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.
Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving numerous domain names, web portals, e-mail aliases, and so on, right?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the e-mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be just one or probably a whole bunch of email servers, based on the total server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' 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 web hosting distributor will support numerous datacenter facility locations on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting accounts provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you spot a DNS such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server simply demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage service, as many hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the 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 not too distant future, maybe a few new clouds we currently don't know about will appear out of nowhere.