What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?
What is cloud website hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, only a few really know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long tale short, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.
1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage device for all customers, does not transform any particular hosting service provider into an actual cloud website hosting solutions provider.
The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual 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 website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. Very few web hosting service providers can actually do it.
2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving plenty of domains, online portals, email aliases, etc., right?
To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated only to the electronic mail associated services. Doing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be only one or perhaps a whole group of electronic mail servers, based on the total load generated. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the users' CPs, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting firm will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.
Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting company:
If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS simply demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited only to a remote file storage solution, as lots of hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely offer file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot 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, probably several brand new clouds we currently don't know about will spring up out of nowhere.