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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting parlance. Nevertheless, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story concise, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one single file storage device for all customers, does not turn any given provider into an authentic cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. Very few hosting corporations can actually attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web pages, mail accounts, etc., right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying only remote data storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one or perchance an entire stack of e-mail servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting solutions provider will support multiple datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting vendor:

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

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server only displays that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited only to a remote disk storage service, as numerous hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they simply distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one simple constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably several new clouds we presently are not aware of will surface out of nowhere.