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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Represent?

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. However, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one data storage device for all users, does not convert any specific service provider into an authentic cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers dub the ability to supply remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting firms can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domain names, sites, electronic mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering plainly remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted solely to the electronic mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be only one single or probably a whole pack of electronic mail servers, based on the total load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting packages provider will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.

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



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you spot a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server merely indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited only to a remote file storage solution, as multiple web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely distribute file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one simple part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a number of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will emerge out of nowhere.