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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's computing, Internet and web hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story short, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting distributor into an authentic cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. Very few web hosting distributors can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web portals, email aliases, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying just remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one or probably an entire array of email servers, depending on the total load created. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the users' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting corporation:

If such a DNS is provided by your hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you perceive a DNS like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote data storage solution, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they plainly deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one simple part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web 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 not too distant future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will surface out of the blue.