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What Precisely is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. In spite of that, just a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale succinct, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting supplier into a real cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to deliver remote file storage services a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very small number of web hosting firms can actually make it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, web sites, mailbox accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than providing simply remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the email related services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one single or possibly a whole pack of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting distributor:

If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server merely demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a few new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will turn up out of the blue.