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What Does Cloud Website Hosting Signify?

What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. Yet, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long tale brief, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which involves one data storage tool for all customers, does not convert any specific web hosting distributor into a genuine cloud website hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting companies call the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very meager number of service providers can actually make it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving many domains, web pages, email box accounts, and so on, are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing plainly remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted just to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be just one or maybe a whole set of email servers, based on the total load generated. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting solutions provider will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

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


dns1.zonkhost.net

dns2.zonkhost.net


If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you spot a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote file storage service, as numerous hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they merely supply file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a number of new clouds we currently are not aware of will come up out of the blue.