Cloud Web Hosting Definition
What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. In spite of that, just a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.
1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single file storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting company into an actual cloud hosting provider.
The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other constituents of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very small number of web hosting service providers can actually attain it.
2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, sites, email addresses, etc., aren't we?
To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering plainly remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the email related services. Executing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be just one or perchance a whole bunch of email servers, determined by the overall load created. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider will support numerous datacenter facility sites on multiple continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting supplier:
If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS simply exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply deliver file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe several new clouds we currently are not familiar with will appear out of the blue.