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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, just a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any given provider into a real cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations dub the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting distributors can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving many domains, online portals, e-mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing merely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the email connected services. Performing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole group of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual number. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting packages provider will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud web hosting supplier:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you notice a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS only exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server handles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote file storage service, as a lot of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately 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 categorized as such, since they merely provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a couple of new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface out of nowhere.