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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Represent?

What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. Nonetheless, only a select few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular web hosting firm into a real cloud website hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very meager number of web hosting firms can actually do it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting service, serving numerous domain names, web portals, e-mail box accounts, and so on, are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying only remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the e-mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or possibly a whole set of electronic mail servers, based on the total server load generated. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real amount. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting services provider will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud website hosting corporation:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you observe a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS plainly reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted only to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they merely furnish file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps several brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will surface out of nowhere.