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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Yet, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story brief, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage service, which comprises one file storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any given service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very scanty number of hosting providers can actually accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domain names, online portals, email box accounts, etc., right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing merely remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email connected services. Performing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be only one or possibly an entire assortment of email servers, determined by the total load created. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting provider:



If such a DNS is provided by your hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you discern a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS just exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited just to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they simply deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up unexpectedly.