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What Indeed is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terminology. Still, just a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story succinct, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one file storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting company into an actual cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely 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 really hard. A very meager number of hosting companies can truly achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domains, web sites, mailbox aliases, etc., right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than offering only remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) must be devoted solely to the e-mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be just one single or perchance an entire bundle 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. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting solutions provider:



If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS merely illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage service, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they simply furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed very 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 simply one tiny fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a number of new clouds we presently are not informed about will come up out of nowhere.

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