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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. Yet, only a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage service, which involves one data storage device for all customers, does not transform any given hosting supplier into an actual cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting vendors name the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very meager number of service providers can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving many domains, online portals, e-mail box accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying only remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email related services. Doing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or possibly an entire bunch of electronic mail servers, based on the total load produced. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting vendor will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud website hosting accounts provider:

If such a DNS is provided by your hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a DNS like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only displays that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single server takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they simply deliver file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably several brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will turn up out of nowhere.

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