Definition of Cloud Website Hosting
What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. In spite of that, only a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long story succinct, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.
1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not convert any specific provider into a real cloud web hosting corporation.
The cPanel hosting corporations name the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very meager number of web hosting corporations can really achieve it.
2. It Entails Domains, Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, web sites, mail accounts, etc., are we not?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering merely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the e-mail related services. Performing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one single or maybe an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting services provider will support multiple server farm facility locations on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting corporation:
If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you discern a DNS such as the one below:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely shows that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote data storage service, as many hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps several new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will turn up out of the blue.