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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Even so, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all clients, does not turn any given hosting supplier into a real cloud web hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very small number of web hosting providers can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving plenty of domains, web sites, mails, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing just remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the electronic mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one or possibly a whole collection of mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting firm will support multiple datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting plans provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as plenty of hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they simply deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really quite 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 simply one small part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance several new clouds we currently are not aware of will show up out of nowhere.