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Cloud Website Hosting Explained

What is cloud website hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting jargon. Still, just a select few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy story short, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not turn any particular web hosting supplier into an authentic cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting providers call the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very meager number of web hosting companies can really do it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving numerous domain names, web pages, email mailbox accounts, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing just remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Executing nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole stack of email servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting solutions provider will support multiple data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud website hosting firm:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you see a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS simply displays that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine handles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as multiple web hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they merely supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one simple segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a couple of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of nowhere.