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What Exactly is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's computing, Internet and hosting terms. However, just a few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one data storage tool for all customers, does not transform any specific web hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very meager number of hosting corporations can actually achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving many domains, sites, email mailbox accounts, etc., right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing solely remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted solely to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or probably a whole cluster of email servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting firm will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

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

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 hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you see a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS only indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote disk storage service, as lots of web hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a number of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will appear unexpectedly.

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