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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Stand for?

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. However, just a select few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long tale short, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not transform any particular hosting company into a genuine cloud website hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web 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 name a shared hosting service, based on a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very small number of hosting distributors can really make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, online portals, e-mails, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering just remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted just to the mail related services. Executing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or probably an entire set of e-mail servers, based on the total load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting packages provider will support multiple datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting solutions provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited only to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably several new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up unexpectedly.