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What In Fact is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terms. In spite of that, just a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story succinct, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all users, does not transform any specific hosting provider into an actual cloud website hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very meager number of hosting service providers can truly accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web pages, email boxes, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing simply remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the email related services. Carrying out nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one single or perchance a whole bunch of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting distributor will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud website hosting plans provider:


dns1.buywebhost.com

dns2.buywebhost.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS just shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited solely to a remote data storage solution, as many service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they simply offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a number of new clouds we presently are not aware of will show up out of the blue.