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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting lingo. In spite of that, just a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long story succinct, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single data storage device for all clients, does not turn any specific web hosting company into a real cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to supply remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting providers can truly make it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domains, online portals, e-mail addresses, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email connected services. Doing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire pack of email servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud web hosting corporation:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you see a DNS such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined solely to a remote disk storage service, as lots of web hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they simply provide file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP 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, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will spring up out of the blue.

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