What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?
What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. In spite of that, just a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long tale succinct, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Only.
1. Providing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any particular hosting company into an authentic cloud website hosting packages provider.
The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very scanty number of web hosting firms can really do it.
2. It Includes Domains, Email Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, online portals, e-mailbox accounts, and so on, are we not?
To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than distributing plainly remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the e-mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one single or possibly an entire array of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting distributor will support multiple data center facility locations on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting firm:
If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a DNS such as the one below:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS just illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains 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, CP(s), website files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted only to a remote file storage solution, as multiple hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will appear unexpectedly.