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What Indeed is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting lingo. Yet, only a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not convert any given hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very scanty number of hosting companies can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web sites, email accounts, and so on, are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated only to the e-mail connected services. Performing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole array of email servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

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

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

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server just displays that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited simply to a remote file storage solution, as multiple hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a few new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up out of nowhere.

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