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Cloud Web Hosting Uncovered

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting parlance. Nonetheless, only a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long story concise, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Solely.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage device for all users, does not turn any particular web hosting service provider into a real cloud website hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very meager number of hosting vendors can really make it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, online portals, electronic mail aliases, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing just remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail linked services. Doing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one or perchance a whole cluster of mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.

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

Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud website hosting supplier:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage solution, as a lot of web hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, probably a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear unexpectedly.