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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Still, just a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story brief, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which involves one single file storage device for all clients, does not turn any particular web hosting firm into a genuine cloud hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies name the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very meager number of web hosting suppliers can really achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web pages, e-mail addresses, etc., right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than offering merely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted just to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one or perchance a whole pack of mail servers, based on the overall load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting services provider will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote file storage service, as a lot of hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they merely offer file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a few brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will appear unexpectedly.