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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Represent?

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What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, Internet and hosting lingo. Nevertheless, just a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

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

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. Very few hosting providers can really do it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, websites, mail aliases, and so on, aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than offering only remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email related services. Performing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be only one single or perchance a whole bundle of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have an authentic cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting vendor will support numerous datacenter facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting services provider:



If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS only demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined just to a remote disk storage service, as many hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance a few brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will turn up unexpectedly.

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