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What In Fact is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and hosting parlance. In spite of that, only a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story succinct, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one disk storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting distributor into a genuine cloud web hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. Very few web hosting suppliers can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web portals, electronic mails, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing merely remote file storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire stack of mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting packages provider will support numerous server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS merely manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as many web hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly several new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will spring up out of the blue.