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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Nevertheless, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which comprises one single file storage device for all customers, does not convert any specific web hosting distributor into a genuine cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. Very few web hosting providers can truly make it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, sites, electronic mail accounts, etc., right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying plainly remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated just to the electronic mail associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one or probably an entire pack of email servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting corporation will support numerous server farm sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud web hosting solutions provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS only manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably 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, a single server deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface unexpectedly.