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What Actually is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terminology. Nevertheless, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one disk storage device for all users, does not turn any specific service provider into a real cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, based on 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 precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of hosting firms can actually attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domain names, online portals, mails, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering just remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the email related services. Executing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or perchance a whole cluster of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting packages provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server handles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one small fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge out of the blue.