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Cloud Website Hosting Description

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terms. Nevertheless, just a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale succinct, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one data storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any given hosting corporation into a real cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very small number of web hosting providers can really do it.

2. It Involves Domains, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving lots of domain names, web sites, electronic mails, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one or possibly an entire set of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting distributor will support numerous server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider:


dns1.pacificbyte.com

dns2.pacificbyte.com


If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server merely indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps several brand new clouds we currently don't know about will spring up unexpectedly.