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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Mean?

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting lingo. Nonetheless, just a select few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular hosting supplier into a genuine cloud website hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of service providers can really achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving multiple domains, web sites, e-mail boxes, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing merely remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the email connected services. Executing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or probably a whole pack of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a true cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the users' 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 provider will support numerous datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting solutions provider:

If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server simply demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as many web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a number of brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will come up unexpectedly.