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Definition of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and web hosting phraseology. Still, just a few really can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story short, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one file storage tool for all customers, does not transform any specific hosting provider into a genuine cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting corporations name the ability to furnish remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting firms can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, online portals, e-mailbox accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering plainly remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted only to the electronic mail connected services. Doing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or maybe an entire cluster of email servers, determined by the total load produced. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple data center locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting vendor:


dns1.www.consultingforge.name

dns2.www.consultingforge.name


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS plainly exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited just to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a bunch of new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up unexpectedly.