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What In Fact is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long story short, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single disk storage device for all users, does not convert any particular hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to furnish remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very scanty number of web hosting vendors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, online portals, e-mails, and so on, right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering plainly remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the electronic mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or probably an entire cluster of mail servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting solutions provider will support multiple data center facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting firm:


dns1.milkywayhosting.com

dns2.milkywayhosting.com


If such a Domain Name Server 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 absolutely be sure when you see a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server merely shows that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote file storage solution, as multiple web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they merely distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered 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 mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe several new clouds we currently don't know about will show up unexpectedly.