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What Exactly is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting jargon. In spite of that, only a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale concise, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given hosting provider into an authentic cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very meager number of hosting companies can truly make it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, web sites, emails, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying simply remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the electronic mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire assortment of mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of an actual cloud web hosting vendor:

If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a DNS such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS only displays that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they simply offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really quite 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 just one simple component of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a few brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will spring up out of the blue.

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