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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. In spite of that, only a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale concise, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any given web hosting supplier into a real cloud website hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very scanty number of hosting firms can truly accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web sites, email boxes, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than providing solely remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the email related services. Doing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or maybe an entire assortment of mail servers, determined by the overall load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' CPs, the FTP, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting firm will support numerous datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting solutions provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS only indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited just to a remote file storage service, as a lot of web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a bunch of new clouds we presently are not aware of will surface out of the blue.