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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terms. Nevertheless, just a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one data storage device for all users, does not turn any given hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very meager number of web hosting service providers can truly do it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, websites, electronic mails, and so on, aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying just remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the email associated services. Executing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one or maybe a whole set 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 performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting plans provider will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting supplier:

If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you notice a DNS like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server merely demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote file storage solution, as lots of hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably several new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up out of nowhere.