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What Exactly is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. However, only a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Offering a remote data storage service, which involves one single disk storage device for all users, does not turn any specific hosting distributor into an actual cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very meager number of hosting distributors can truly make it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, web pages, email mailboxes, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing simply remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one or probably an entire bundle of email servers, based on the overall load generated. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting plans provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS merely shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited just to a remote file storage solution, as numerous web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one simple constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a number of new clouds we presently don't know about will spring up out of nowhere.