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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting lingo. Nevertheless, only a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular hosting corporation into a real cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. Very few hosting service providers can truly do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web pages, e-mails, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than providing solely remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted only to the electronic mail connected services. Doing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole assortment of email servers, based on the overall load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' 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 accounts provider will support numerous server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting solutions provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you see a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined just to a remote data storage solution, as lots of hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one tiny fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will spring up out of the blue.

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