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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Nonetheless, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single data storage tool for all users, does not transform any specific web hosting firm into a genuine cloud website hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage services for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very meager number of web hosting distributors can really make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving many domains, web sites, email aliases, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated just to the mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one single or possibly an entire set of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall load created. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting corporation will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting services provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server only exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined simply to a remote disk storage solution, as many web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small fragment 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 File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a bunch of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will show up out of nowhere.