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What Indeed is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. However, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale succinct, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one data storage device for all clients, does not convert any given hosting distributor into an actual cloud web hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very small number of web hosting service providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Aliases, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, online portals, mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering plainly remote data storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the electronic mail related services. Executing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one or perhaps a whole assortment of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting vendor will support numerous server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting company:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as a lot of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely supply file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will turn up out of the blue.