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What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. However, just a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any given web hosting vendor into a genuine cloud website hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote data storage services for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very meager number of hosting distributors can truly make it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, sites, e-mailboxes, etc., right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing merely remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the mail related services. Performing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one or probably a whole array of electronic mail servers, based on the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting distributor will support multiple data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS merely indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined just to a remote file storage service, as lots of service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny component of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe several new clouds we presently are not informed about will appear unexpectedly.

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