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What Actually is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, only a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story concise, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which involves one disk storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given service provider into a real cloud website hosting company.

The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting service providers can really do it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web portals, emails, and so on, aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than providing just remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated only to the mail associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one or perchance a whole assortment of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting vendor will support multiple server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting packages provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server plainly shows that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited just to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they plainly furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear out of nowhere.