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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. However, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story brief, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one disk storage tool for all clients, does not transform any particular hosting service provider into an actual cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. Very few web hosting companies can truly make it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

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

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing just remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the e-mail related services. Doing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one or maybe an entire stack of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real amount. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, 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 packages provider will support numerous server farm sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting packages provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you observe a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS just illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perchance a number of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will spring up out of nowhere.