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What is cloud website hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's computing, Internet and web hosting jargon. Nonetheless, only a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a quite long tale succinct, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any given provider into an authentic cloud website hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to deliver remote data storage services a cloud website hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. Very few hosting vendors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving countless domain names, websites, mailboxes, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing solely remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or probably a whole array of email servers, determined by the total server load created. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

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

If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a DNS like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server merely manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote data storage service, as plenty of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a couple of new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear unexpectedly.