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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting lingo. Yet, just a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which involves one data storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any specific web hosting service provider into an actual cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very scanty number of service providers can actually do it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, sites, mailbox aliases, etc., right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying simply remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted just to the mail connected services. Doing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be just one or maybe an entire pack of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting corporation will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting supplier:



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server simply illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage solution, as many hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple component of the entire cloud web 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 mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will spring up out of nowhere.