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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and web hosting lingo. However, just a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story succinct, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any specific web hosting firm into a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to supply remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can actually achieve it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving many domains, sites, mail accounts, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying only remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated just to the mail related services. Executing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole collection of email servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting plans provider will support multiple server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting vendor:


dns1.hosting-server.net

dns2.hosting-server.net


If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


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

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage service, as a lot of hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we currently are not informed about will come up unexpectedly.