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What In Fact is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Nonetheless, only a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long story succinct, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not convert any specific web hosting corporation into a real cloud website hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. Very few hosting vendors can really do it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domains, web portals, email box accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one requires a lot more than offering only remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the email associated services. Doing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or perhaps an entire cluster of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting provider will support multiple server farm sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud website hosting services provider:


dns1.1hosts.com

dns2.1hosts.com


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you see a DNS like the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as multiple hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe several brand new clouds we presently don't know about will come up out of nowhere.

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