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Cloud Website Hosting Revealed

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting phraseology. In spite of that, just a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale concise, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one data storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any particular hosting vendor into a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to provide remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of web hosting distributors can truly achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web pages, mails, and so on, right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing plainly remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Performing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one or probably a whole collection of mail servers, based on the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting vendor will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an authentic cloud web hosting firm:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server merely exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote file storage service, as a lot of hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply offer file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks really very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance a bunch of new clouds we currently don't know about will spring up out of nowhere.