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What Actually is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Even so, only a few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which comprises one single disk storage device for all clients, does not convert any specific web hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of hosting firms can truly attain it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, websites, e-mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing simply remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Executing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or probably an entire stack of email servers, based on the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting solutions provider:


dns1.phuonghost.com

dns2.phuonghost.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server simply illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as a lot of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably several brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up out of nowhere.