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What Indeed is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Nonetheless, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long tale brief, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any given hosting vendor into a real cloud website hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very small number of web hosting corporations can actually achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web portals, email boxes, and so on, are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering only remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the mail connected services. Executing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire bunch of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have a genuine cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting corporation:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS merely indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite 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 simply one small segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe several new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will appear out of the blue.

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