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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. In spite of that, just a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which involves one single data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any specific web hosting supplier into a real cloud web hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies name the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can truly accomplish it.

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

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving multiple domains, websites, e-mail box accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying simply remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the e-mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one or probably a whole collection of mail servers, determined by the overall load created. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting vendor will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting solutions provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS only reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly supply file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a couple of new clouds we presently don't know about will turn up out of the blue.