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What Indeed is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. In spite of that, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale succinct, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which involves one single data storage tool for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting corporation into an authentic cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting corporations call the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very meager number of web hosting firms can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, web pages, e-mailboxes, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing only remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the electronic mail linked services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular assignments. There might be just one single or maybe an entire bundle of mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting packages provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS plainly shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance several brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up out of nowhere.