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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting phraseology. Yet, only a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story short, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given web hosting firm into a real cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very scanty number of web hosting companies can really make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, websites, electronic mail aliases, and so on, right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing only remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the email associated services. Performing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one single or maybe an entire group of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting plans provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server plainly manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as lots of web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they simply deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance several new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will show up out of nowhere.