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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting phraseology. Still, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story short, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one disk storage tool for all users, does not transform any particular service provider into an authentic cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of hosting suppliers can really do it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domains, online portals, e-mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing merely remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted only to the electronic mail connected services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or maybe a whole stack of electronic mail servers, depending on the total load generated. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual number. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting firm:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS plainly manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, possibly several new clouds we currently are not aware of will show up unexpectedly.