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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, Internet and hosting parlance. Still, only a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale succinct, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which comprises one data storage tool for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting corporation into a genuine cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to furnish remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very meager number of web hosting distributors can truly attain it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domains, web pages, e-mailboxes, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing merely remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted only to the e-mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or perchance a whole assortment of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting firm will support numerous datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting services 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 environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server merely shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as lots of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small component of the whole cloud web 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 Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe several brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will come up out of nowhere.