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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Yet, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any particular hosting distributor into an actual cloud website hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can really attain it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving lots of domain names, sites, emails, and so on, aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than providing simply remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted solely to the e-mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be only one or maybe an entire set of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting accounts provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited solely to a remote data storage solution, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up out of the blue.