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Cloud Hosting Explanation

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting terminology. In spite of that, just a select few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any particular hosting firm into a real cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of web hosting vendors can actually attain it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domains, web pages, email aliases, and so on, right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or perchance an entire group of email servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting distributor will support numerous data center facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting supplier:



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you perceive a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of DNS only displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as lots of hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a couple of new clouds we currently don't know about will spring up out of the blue.