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What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. Still, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long story brief, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which involves one single data storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting distributor into an actual cloud website hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining constituents of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. Very few web hosting companies can truly attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web pages, e-mails, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing just remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the email linked services. Doing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be just one single or perchance a whole set of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have an authentic cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting corporation will support multiple server farm facility locations on different continents.

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

If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS merely indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not restricted just to a remote data storage solution, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one simple segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps several new clouds we presently are not informed about will turn up unexpectedly.