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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting terms. Yet, only a select few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale brief, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which involves one single data storage device for all customers, does not convert any particular provider into a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very small number of hosting providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web sites, e-mail boxes, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering simply remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perchance an entire array of mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting distributor will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

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

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

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS just exhibits that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage solution, as lots of web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a number of new clouds we currently are not aware of will show up out of nowhere.