What Does Cloud Web Hosting Stand for?
What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. In spite of that, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Solely.
1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one file storage device for all clients, does not transform any particular provider into a genuine cloud web hosting services provider.
The cPanel hosting vendors call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can truly make it.
2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.
Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domains, sites, electronic mail aliases, and so on, right?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering only remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the mail related services. Doing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one or probably an entire set of email servers, based on the overall server load created. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting solutions provider will support multiple data center sites on multiple continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting company:
If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote data storage solution, as a lot of web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably several new clouds we currently don't know about will appear 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|
|$3.25 / month||$4.25 / month||$8.75 / month||$12.50 / month|