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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any given hosting firm into a genuine cloud web hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other parts of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. Very few hosting companies can truly accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web pages, electronic mails, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying only remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the email linked services. Performing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole stack of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load created. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting corporation will support multiple server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting packages provider:

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a DNS like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS just indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as plenty of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe several new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up unexpectedly.