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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Even so, just a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long story succinct, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one data storage tool for all users, does not convert any specific web hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting providers call the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about 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 call a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very scanty number of web hosting suppliers can actually do it.

2. It Includes Domains, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, web pages, e-mail boxes, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying plainly remote file storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the e-mail related services. Performing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one single or probably an entire cluster of mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting packages provider will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting distributor:

If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly distribute file hosting solutions, 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 web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel 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, perchance a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will surface unexpectedly.

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