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What Does Cloud Hosting Represent?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Nevertheless, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long story concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one file storage device for all users, does not transform any particular hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of hosting distributors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, web portals, mails, etc., right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering only remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole group of e-mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting company will support multiple datacenter facility locations on different continents.

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



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS plainly illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as a lot of web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply offer file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small 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 Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a bunch of new clouds we currently are not aware of will surface out of the blue.


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