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Cloud Website Hosting Definition

What is cloud website hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. In spite of that, just a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale succinct, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which involves one data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any particular hosting firm into an authentic cloud website hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very meager number of service providers can truly attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, web sites, email aliases, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than offering only remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the mail connected services. Performing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be only one single or possibly an entire bunch of electronic mail servers, based on the total server load created. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting vendor:


dns1.idea-ec.com

dns2.idea-ec.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a DNS like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of DNS merely illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined only to a remote disk storage service, as multiple web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they simply offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we presently are not aware of will turn up out of the blue.