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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 trendy in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terminology. Still, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale brief, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not convert any given web hosting firm into an authentic cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very small number of web hosting suppliers can really do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domains, websites, e-mail addresses, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing merely remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one or possibly an entire bundle of email servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting distributor will support numerous server farm locations on different continents.

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



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you discern a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS plainly indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical server handles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, 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 simple fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a few brand new clouds we presently don't know about will appear out of nowhere.

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