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What Does Cloud Website Hosting Stand for?

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What is cloud website hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Yet, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any particular provider into a real cloud website hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting vendors name the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very scanty number of web hosting firms can really make it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving multiple domains, sites, email accounts, and so on, right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing only remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated only to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole stack of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting vendor:

If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just illustrates 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 maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server tackles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage service, as numerous web hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a number of new clouds we currently don't know about will show up out of the blue.

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