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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Nonetheless, just a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not turn any particular web hosting provider into an actual cloud website hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to furnish remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very scanty number of hosting providers can truly make it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, web pages, electronic mail accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than offering solely remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated just to the electronic mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one or maybe an entire group of mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have a true cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting company will support multiple datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud website hosting provider:


dns1.www.happyhostinguk.com

dns2.www.happyhostinguk.com


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server plainly exhibits that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server copes with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined simply to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge out of the blue.

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