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What Indeed is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. Nonetheless, only a few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long tale brief, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting supplier into an authentic cloud website hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very scanty number of web hosting firms can actually make it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving countless domains, web pages, e-mail box accounts, etc., right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering merely remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be just one or perchance an entire bunch of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting corporation will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud website hosting solutions provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS only illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote disk storage service, as a lot of web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud 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 foreseeable future, probably a number of new clouds we presently don't know about will appear out of the blue.