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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Even so, just a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which comprises one data storage device for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting distributor into a genuine cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very scanty number of hosting companies can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, online portals, mails, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than offering only remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the electronic mail related services. Executing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be just one single or perchance a whole bundle of e-mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting packages provider will support numerous server farm facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud web hosting supplier:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you observe a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server just illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted only to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they simply offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small constituent of the whole 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 Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance several new clouds we currently are not aware of will appear unexpectedly.