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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, just a select few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale concise, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which comprises one data storage device for all users, does not transform any specific web hosting company into an authentic cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very small number of web hosting vendors can truly do it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, websites, mail accounts, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing merely remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the email related services. Executing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or probably a whole assortment of mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting services provider will support numerous datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting solutions provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS merely illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server copes with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote data storage solution, as multiple web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one simple part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a few brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will turn up out of the blue.