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What Actually is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Still, only a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story succinct, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one data storage appliance for all users, does not turn any specific hosting firm into an authentic cloud website hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud website hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. Very few hosting vendors can truly make it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domains, sites, e-mail accounts, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying only remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one or perhaps an entire pack of mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting packages provider will support numerous server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting solutions provider:

If such a DNS is offered by your hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a DNS like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server just manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote disk storage solution, as many web hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a few new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface unexpectedly.