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What Actually is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Still, just a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one disk storage tool for all users, does not turn any specific provider into a genuine cloud website hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to provide remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very scanty number of hosting distributors can actually attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving many domains, web pages, mail aliases, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing just remote data storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the email linked services. Doing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or possibly an entire collection of email servers, depending on the total server load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud website hosting accounts provider:


dns1.holt-hosting.com

dns2.holt-hosting.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS merely indicates that the web 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 server copes with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited just to a remote file storage service, as plenty of web hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a few new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will show up out of nowhere.