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Cloud Web Hosting Definition

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Nevertheless, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one disk storage tool for all clients, does not transform any given hosting company into a genuine cloud hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of web hosting vendors can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving many domain names, websites, e-mail aliases, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying simply remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these particular assignments. There might be only one single or perchance a whole stack of e-mail servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the users' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting services provider will support multiple data center sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting vendor:


dns1.www.nickamhosting.com

dns2.www.nickamhosting.com


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you spot a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one server is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted just to a remote data storage service, as lots of web hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they simply supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly several brand new clouds we presently don't know about will come up unexpectedly.