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What In Fact is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting parlance. Nonetheless, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long story concise, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all customers, does not transform any specific hosting corporation into an actual cloud website hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage services for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting companies can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domains, web portals, email addresses, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing solely remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the email linked services. Performing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be just one or probably a whole group of email servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting vendor will support numerous data center sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting vendor:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS only manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote file storage service, as lots of hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly offer file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a few new clouds we presently don't know about will emerge out of nowhere.