What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?
In general, the real cloud hosting platform serves different hosting services such as disk space, electronic mail, FTP, databases, DNS, statistics, web hosting CP, backup, etc., on autonomous packs of top-notch web servers. Each particular service pack forms a cluster. All the servers in a cluster are devoted to serving exclusively the given service and nothing else. They will all perform as one server, sharing the service's load in approximately identical proportions. If there is an authentic cloud hosting service, there has to be: a data storage cluster, an electronic mail cluster, a File Transfer Protocol cluster, database clusters (MySQL/PostgreSQL), a DNS cluster, a statistics cluster, a web hosting Control Panel cluster, a backup cluster, etc. All these autonomous service clusters will build the so-called cloud web hosting system.
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The huge cloud web hosting fraud. Quite popular at the moment.
There is so much misunderstanding revolving around about cloud hosting today. As you can see, cloud hosting does not only seem perplexing, but in reality it is supremely complicated. The majority of the people know nothing about what cloud hosting is. On the wings of this popular unawareness, the "cloud web hosting suppliers" speculate feverishly, just to secure the customer and his/her five dollars per month. What a shame! A huge disgrace. This is owing to the fact that in the website hosting business there are no regulations whatsoever. The domain name industry has ICANN. The website hosting industry has no such administrative body. That is the reason why the web hosting companies speculate and lie blatantly (quite directly, actually) to their customers. Especially the cPanel-based cloud web hosting providers. Let's find out how much cloud hosting they in fact can distribute.
The facts about the cPanel-based "cloud" web hosting companies
If a cPanel-based web hosting wholesaler has a cloud web hosting system at hand, which is very unbelievable, lots of web servers must be ensured. Which is also not cheap. We will get back to that towards the end of this article. First, let's examine what the cloud predicaments are. So, it's quite improbable for a cPanel hosting company to have the cloud web hosting platform at hand, due to the fact that setting up one demands years. Even when time and the provision of competent personnel are not an issue, lots of money must be spent too. Tons of money. Moreover, cPanel is not open source. That's a big downside.
The deficiency of open source cloud hosting solutions
There are no open source cloud web hosting systems. There are no open source web hosting CP GUIs (running with the cloud website hosting system) either. Hence, to have a cloud hosting system at hand, first you have to make one. In-house. Second of all, you have to develop the web hosting Control Panel as well.
Single server-based web hosting Control Panels
Today's popular hosting Control Panels such as cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, etc. are intended to function on one single server solely. All web hosting services (storage space, mail, FTP, databases, DNS, stats, web hosting CP, backup, and so on) are being served at the same time on one single web server where these respective one-server website hosting systems and hosting Control Panels are set up.
The lack of open source web hosting CPs
So, you have to set up a custom Control Panel that will function flawlessly and to incorporate it within the cloud platform, as if it was a natural part of it. Good examples of in-house developed cloud hosting solutions with custom built web hosting Control Panels besides us, at Nutihost, are MediaTemple and FreeHostia.
Cloud hosting hardware equipment costs
The minimum contribution wanted, only for the cloud hosting hardware provision, amounts to somewhere between 60 thousand dollars and $80,000 USD. That's omitting the DDoS mechanism, which is another $15-20,000 USD. Now you are well aware of how many cloud hosting platforms can be encountered out there... and, especially, why the web hosting sky is so turquoise... and practically cloudless!