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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Nonetheless, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale brief, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which comprises one file storage device for all clients, does not convert any given web hosting service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. Very few hosting companies can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domain names, online portals, email accounts, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing merely remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the mail related services. Executing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or perchance an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the users' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting solutions provider will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.

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


dns1.ws-apps.com

dns2.ws-apps.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you perceive a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS simply demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as many hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe several new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up out of the blue.