What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?
What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. Yet, only a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale succinct, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Only.
1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any particular web hosting supplier into an authentic cloud hosting solutions provider.
The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very meager number of web hosting companies can actually achieve it.
2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domain names, websites, email aliases, etc., right?
To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing plainly remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the mail related services. Executing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or probably a whole collection of mail servers, based on the total server load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting corporation will support multiple data center locations on multiple continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting supplier:
If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a DNS such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS only demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one simple part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web 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 upcoming future, perchance a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will show up out of nowhere.