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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Yet, only a few really can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale brief, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all users, does not transform any given web hosting vendor into a genuine cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other components 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 entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very meager number of web hosting companies can truly accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web pages, email accounts, and so on, are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one single or possibly a whole assortment of email servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud web hosting provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS simply shows 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 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they simply supply file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps several new clouds we currently are not familiar with will surface out of nowhere.

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