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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 quite trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Yet, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story short, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single disk storage appliance for all users, does not transform any given web hosting firm into a genuine cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to provide remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very meager number of web hosting suppliers can actually make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web pages, email mailboxes, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or perchance an entire stack of email servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting corporation will support numerous server farm sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting distributor:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you discern a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server copes with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited just to a remote file storage solution, as many service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will turn up out of nowhere.

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