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What Does Cloud Website Hosting Mean?

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Yet, just a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all customers, does not transform any given hosting distributor into an actual cloud website hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies call the ability to supply remote data storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very meager number of web hosting distributors can really attain it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, web sites, email mailboxes, etc., right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing solely remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the electronic mail associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one or perhaps a whole bunch of mail servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting company will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.

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



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server only reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly 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 single server tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote data storage service, as many hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe several brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.