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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, Internet and hosting terminology. Yet, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single file storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can truly attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, online portals, e-mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering solely remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the email related services. Performing nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or possibly an entire bundle of mail servers, determined by the total load generated. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting packages provider will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

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

If such a DNS is supplied 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 sure when you perceive a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited just to a remote disk storage service, as multiple web hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a number of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will show up unexpectedly.