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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting lingo. However, just a select few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story concise, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one data storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting distributor into a real cloud website hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. Very few hosting distributors can actually make it.

2. It Involves Domains, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domains, online portals, electronic mail aliases, etc., right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be just one or perchance an entire set of mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting supplier will support multiple data center locations on multiple continents.

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


dns1.pixelspeck.co.uk

dns2.pixelspeck.co.uk


If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS simply exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited just to a remote disk storage solution, as many web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small component of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will come up out of the blue.