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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Yet, only a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story brief, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all users, does not turn any particular web hosting provider into an actual cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very scanty number of web hosting providers can truly do it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, web pages, email addresses, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than offering simply remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the electronic mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these given procedures. There might be only one single or probably a whole bunch of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting services provider will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud web hosting solutions provider:

If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined simply to a remote file storage service, as a lot of hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small constituent of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a number of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will turn up unexpectedly.

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