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What Exactly is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Yet, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long tale brief, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting service provider into an authentic cloud website hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very scanty number of web hosting corporations can truly attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving countless domains, sites, e-mail addresses, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying merely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted only to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one or perhaps an entire bunch of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud website hosting vendor will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud website hosting solutions provider:


dns1.archonhosting.com

dns2.archonhosting.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they merely supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a bunch of new clouds we presently are not informed about will emerge out of the blue.

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