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What Does Cloud Website Hosting Represent?

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Still, only a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long story short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which involves one single disk storage device for all customers, does not transform any particular web hosting company into a genuine cloud website hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of web hosting corporations can actually do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, websites, email mailboxes, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying just remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be just one or maybe a whole bunch of electronic mail servers, based on the total load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting supplier:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you notice a DNS like the one below:



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

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a few brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will turn up out of the blue.