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What In Fact is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Nonetheless, only a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale concise, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any given hosting firm into a genuine cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. Very few web hosting distributors can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving lots of domains, online portals, e-mails, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than providing just remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the email related services. Doing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one or perhaps an entire array of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting company will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting vendor:

If such a DNS is offered by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

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

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined solely to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly several new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up out of the blue.