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What Exactly is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. Nevertheless, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long story short, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one disk storage device for all clients, does not turn any given hosting company into a real cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers call the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. Very few hosting suppliers can truly do it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, web sites, e-mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than providing solely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email related services. Doing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be only one single or maybe a whole pack of mail servers, based on the total load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. 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 a true cloud web hosting accounts provider will support numerous server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you notice a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS just illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote disk storage service, as many web hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they simply furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is really quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a couple of new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge unexpectedly.

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