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What is Cloud Website Hosting?

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What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting lingo. Even so, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one file storage tool for all clients, does not turn any particular web hosting service provider into a real cloud website hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to deliver remote file storage services a cloud website hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very meager number of web hosting companies can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, web pages, electronic mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering only remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the e-mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one or possibly a whole stack of e-mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting vendor will support numerous datacenter facility locations on different continents.

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


dns1.www.emaxhost.com

dns2.www.emaxhost.com


If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you see a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS plainly demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server is responsible for all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting service is not limited solely to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple constituent of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a number of brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up unexpectedly.

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