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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. However, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story short, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which involves one file storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any specific service provider into a real cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to provide remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of web hosting providers can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, web pages, email mailboxes, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering merely remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the email associated services. Performing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole bundle of email servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting solutions provider will support multiple datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting firm:

If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS merely reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of web hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one tiny segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we currently don't know about will turn up out of nowhere.

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