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Cloud Website Hosting Unveiled

What is cloud website hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. Yet, only a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage device for all clients, does not convert any specific web hosting corporation into an authentic cloud website hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web 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 service, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting vendors can really attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domains, websites, electronic mail addresses, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the mail related services. Performing nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one single or possibly a whole stack of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting services provider will support multiple datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting solutions provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you discern a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as many web hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably several new clouds we presently are not informed about will emerge out of the blue.