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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. Even so, only a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story succinct, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage tool for all users, does not turn any given provider into a real cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting vendors name the ability to deliver remote file storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. Very few hosting firms can truly attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving lots of domains, sites, email aliases, etc., right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the mail connected services. Doing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole array of email servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting solutions provider will support numerous datacenter facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting services provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server merely manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one server takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote data storage solution, as a lot of hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will emerge out of the blue.

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