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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting terms. Nevertheless, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long story brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which involves one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very small number of web hosting vendors can really accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domains, websites, email box accounts, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering plainly remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire bundle of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting distributor:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server simply exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined only to a remote data storage service, as multiple web hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a number of new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge out of nowhere.