What is Cloud Website Hosting?
What is cloud website hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Nonetheless, just a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.
1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting firm into an actual cloud website hosting corporation.
The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of web hosting vendors can actually make it.
2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving multiple domains, websites, email aliases, and so on, are we not?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing simply remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the electronic mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or maybe a whole group of email servers, based on the overall load generated. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, 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 accounts provider will support numerous data center sites on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting plans provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you discern a DNS like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS only indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage service, as many hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the 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 not too distant future, perchance several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will emerge unexpectedly.
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|1 website hosted||5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted|
|$2.75 / month||$3.75 / month||$8.33 / month||$12.00 / month|