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Cloud Website Hosting Explained

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. Still, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story short, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which comprises one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any given web hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very meager number of hosting vendors can truly do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving many domain names, websites, email box accounts, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering only remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one or perhaps a whole pack of electronic mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting packages provider will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

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

If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS merely illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited just to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they merely furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one small part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface unexpectedly.