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What Indeed is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. However, just a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale brief, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which involves one disk storage tool for all customers, does not convert any specific hosting firm into an authentic cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel hosting corporations name the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other components of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of hosting providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving countless domain names, web pages, electronic mail accounts, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated just to the email associated services. Doing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one or perhaps an entire bunch of email servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting company will support numerous data center sites on different continents.

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



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you observe a DNS such as the one beneath:



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

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage solution, as multiple web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they plainly deliver file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is 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 tiny fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud 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 near future, perchance several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will turn up unexpectedly.

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