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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story brief, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage service, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any specific hosting supplier into a genuine cloud website hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies call the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, based on a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of web hosting providers can actually do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, sites, mails, etc., right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering merely remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted solely to the e-mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one or probably an entire pack of email servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

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

If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server simply displays that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as numerous service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one tiny fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a number of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up out of the blue.