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Cloud Website Hosting Definition

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. Yet, just a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all users, does not transform any specific web hosting firm into a real cloud web hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to deliver remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. Very few web hosting distributors can truly do it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, online portals, email mailbox accounts, etc., right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one single or maybe an entire assortment of mail servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an actual cloud web hosting solutions provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous web hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they simply distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, 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 simple fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a number of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will surface out of nowhere.