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What Exactly is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting parlance. In spite of that, only a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single data storage device for all clients, does not turn any particular hosting service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting companies can truly attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, websites, electronic mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted solely to the electronic mail related services. Performing nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be just one or possibly a whole array of mail servers, determined by the total server load created. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the users' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting corporation will support numerous data center sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting vendor:

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you perceive a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server just indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of the blue.