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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Mean?

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. Nonetheless, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long tale brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all customers, does not transform any given web hosting company into a real cloud website hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. Very few service providers can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting service, serving countless domains, sites, electronic mails, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing merely remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted solely to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be only one or perchance a whole stack of electronic mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting accounts provider will support multiple datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud website hosting distributor:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server only shows that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote file storage service, as numerous web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they plainly offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny part 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 FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps several new clouds we currently don't know about will emerge unexpectedly.