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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's computing, Internet and hosting terms. Even so, just a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long story short, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given web hosting vendor into an authentic cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very meager number of web hosting firms can truly make it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving many domains, sites, mail addresses, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the email connected services. Executing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one single or maybe a whole set of e-mail servers, determined by the overall load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual number. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of an authentic cloud website hosting accounts provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you notice a DNS such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server merely illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as multiple hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up out of nowhere.

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