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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting terms. In spite of that, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all users, does not transform any particular web hosting service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the whole 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 involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can actually make it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domains, web pages, e-mail accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering merely remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one single or probably a whole bundle of email servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting corporation will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting vendor:



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you spot a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server simply indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote disk storage service, as multiple hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one tiny fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a number of new clouds we currently are not familiar with will appear unexpectedly.

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