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Cloud Website Hosting Defined

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terms. Even so, only a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story concise, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any particular hosting distributor into a real cloud website hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of service providers can actually accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, sites, email mailboxes, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering solely remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one or maybe a whole pack of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real amount. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting company will support numerous server farm sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud website hosting supplier:



If such a DNS is provided by your hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined just to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a bunch of new clouds we currently are not aware of will emerge unexpectedly.