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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terms. Nonetheless, just a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale succinct, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which comprises one data storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given hosting vendor into a real cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. Very few web hosting companies can truly accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web portals, electronic mails, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering simply remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or possibly a whole group of e-mail servers, based on the total server load generated. To have an authentic cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting plans provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS only illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage service, as a lot of web hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they plainly offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently don't know about will appear out of nowhere.