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What Indeed is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Nevertheless, just a few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which comprises one disk storage device for all clients, does not transform any given hosting supplier into a genuine cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to provide remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very small number of web hosting corporations can really achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web pages, e-mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Performing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire set of electronic mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud website hosting company:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote file storage solution, as many hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they simply distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a few new clouds we currently are not familiar with will emerge out of nowhere.

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