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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. However, only a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which involves one data storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any given web hosting supplier into an authentic cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies name the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of service providers can truly attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, online portals, e-mail boxes, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing solely remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one or perchance a whole cluster of email servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting provider will support multiple data center facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server plainly reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a number of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will show up out of nowhere.