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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy story succinct, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one file storage device for all users, does not convert any particular web hosting firm into a genuine cloud website hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very meager number of web hosting suppliers can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, online portals, e-mail accounts, and so on, right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than offering merely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the e-mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or maybe an entire cluster of e-mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting packages provider will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud website hosting supplier:

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

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS just shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined simply to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they merely distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will surface unexpectedly.