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What Exactly is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single file storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting corporation into a real cloud website hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting corporations call the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very meager number of hosting distributors can actually do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, online portals, e-mail box accounts, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying only remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated only to the email associated services. Performing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or probably an entire collection of mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an example of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting company:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS simply illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage service, as multiple hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance several new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will show up out of nowhere.