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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Represent?

What is cloud website hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's information technology, Internet and hosting phraseology. Still, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long tale short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all users, does not transform any specific provider into a real cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can actually make it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, web pages, e-mail accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than providing solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or maybe an entire stack of electronic mail servers, depending on 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 real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting vendor:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you see a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server just illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a few new clouds we presently are not aware of will appear unexpectedly.