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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Yet, just a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which involves one file storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any particular web hosting supplier into an actual cloud website hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to furnish remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very meager number of service providers can truly accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, sites, mail aliases, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying only remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be only one single or perchance an entire collection of mail servers, determined by the total load produced. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting packages provider will support numerous datacenter facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud website hosting solutions provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe 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 machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they simply distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found 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 electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, probably several new clouds we presently are not informed about will spring up unexpectedly.