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What Indeed is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Nonetheless, only a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not convert any given hosting firm into an actual cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. Very few web hosting providers can actually achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving countless domain names, online portals, e-mailboxes, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted solely to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or possibly an entire collection of email servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting provider will support numerous data center facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting distributor:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS only indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote data storage service, as many hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they merely furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps several brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will emerge out of nowhere.