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Cloud Website Hosting Explanation

What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terms. Still, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale concise, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any specific hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of web hosting companies can truly achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, web sites, email aliases, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than providing only remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one or probably an entire pack of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting services provider will support multiple datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting company:


dns1.icodehosting.com

dns2.icodehosting.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you observe a DNS such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


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

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited only to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they simply supply file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one simple part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a number of brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up unexpectedly.