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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting parlance. Even so, only a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long story brief, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which comprises one single file storage device for all users, does not turn any given hosting provider into an authentic cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage services for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting corporations can really make it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web pages, email addresses, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing simply remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these given procedures. There might be only one single or perchance a whole group of email servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting 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 solutions provider will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting vendor:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server simply displays that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote data storage service, as numerous web hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they simply provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will show up unexpectedly.