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Cloud Web Hosting Defined

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Yet, just a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long tale brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which involves one disk storage device for all customers, does not turn any given hosting service provider into a genuine cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of hosting companies can actually achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving countless domains, websites, mails, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing merely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated just to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or maybe an entire set of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting services provider will support multiple data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting accounts provider:

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 definitely be confident when you see a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote data storage service, as plenty of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one small part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up out of nowhere.