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What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. However, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story succinct, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which comprises one data storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular provider into a genuine cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very small number of web hosting providers can actually attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web pages, e-mail box accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than providing solely remote data storage mounts (or perchance servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be only one or perhaps an entire array of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load created. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Doing nothing different. The same goes 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 a real cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting firm:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a DNS such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS simply illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote file storage solution, as many hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they simply furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the 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 presently don't know about will emerge out of the blue.