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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Still, just a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale succinct, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single data storage tool for all customers, does not transform any specific web hosting firm into a real cloud website hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. Very few hosting providers can truly do it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, websites, e-mail aliases, and so on, aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be just one or possibly a whole set of email servers, based on the total server load created. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting supplier will support multiple datacenter facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud website hosting firm:



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical server handles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited only to a remote data storage solution, as numerous web hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely offer file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a bunch of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will surface out of nowhere.

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