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Cloud Website Hosting Definition

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, just a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one data storage appliance for all users, does not convert any specific web hosting company into a real cloud website hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting corporations name the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, websites, e-mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering just remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the email related services. Executing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be only one single or possibly an entire bunch of email servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting packages provider will support numerous data center facility sites on multiple continents.

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



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a DNS such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS simply exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined only to a remote disk storage service, as multiple web hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they simply supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one small constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will turn up out of nowhere.