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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Yet, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale concise, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one file storage device for all clients, does not convert any given hosting vendor into an actual cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers call the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining pieces of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very scanty number of service providers can really attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving a lot of domain names, web pages, e-mailboxes, etc., right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing just remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole collection of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load created. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud website hosting accounts provider will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

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

If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS only shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited solely to a remote data storage service, as plenty of service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a number of new clouds we currently are not aware of will surface out of nowhere.

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