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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, just a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any particular web hosting provider into an actual cloud web hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very meager number of web hosting corporations can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, sites, email boxes, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than providing solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) must be devoted only to the email linked services. Doing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or possibly an entire collection of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting firm:


dns1.axcloudhost.com

dns2.axcloudhost.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you discern a DNS like the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server only reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined solely to a remote disk storage service, as many hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will emerge out of nowhere.