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What In Fact is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. However, only a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which comprises one disk storage tool for all clients, does not transform any particular hosting distributor into a genuine cloud website hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers dub the ability to supply remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of hosting providers can truly make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, sites, e-mails, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering just remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the electronic mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting corporation will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud website hosting company:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you spot a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS merely shows that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited simply to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple web hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one small part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a few new clouds we currently don't know about will come up out of nowhere.