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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. However, only a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy story brief, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which involves one disk storage tool for all customers, does not turn any specific web hosting corporation into a genuine cloud website hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud website hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining constituents of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very meager number of hosting vendors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web pages, mailbox accounts, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than offering plainly remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the mail connected services. Performing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or maybe a whole stack of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a true cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting solutions provider:

If such a DNS is offered by your hosting 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 like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS merely demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as many web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately 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 back! They are not categorized as such, since they simply supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe several brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up unexpectedly.

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