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What Indeed is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. However, just a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which comprises one data storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any specific hosting company into an actual cloud website hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. Very few hosting companies can actually achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web sites, mailbox accounts, and so on, right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email associated services. Executing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or maybe an entire pack of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting supplier will support multiple server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting provider:

If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you discern a DNS such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS plainly reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server handles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited only to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply offer file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small constituent of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps several brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.

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