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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. However, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale short, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one data storage tool for all customers, does not transform any specific provider into an actual cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving countless domain names, websites, e-mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering plainly remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the email associated services. Executing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be just one or possibly a whole array of mail servers, depending on the total load created. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same goes 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 web hosting distributor will support numerous data center sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider:



If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS merely illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited only to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, maybe a number of new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear unexpectedly.