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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single file storage device for all users, does not convert any given hosting company into an actual cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to furnish remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting service providers can truly attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving numerous domains, sites, electronic mail accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing just remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one or perchance a whole bunch of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting packages provider will support multiple datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting firm:

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited just to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a number of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will turn up unexpectedly.