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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terminology. However, only a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long story concise, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all users, does not turn any given hosting vendor into a genuine cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very small number of hosting providers can actually make it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domain names, online portals, electronic mail addresses, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing plainly remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated only to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be just one or possibly a whole stack of electronic mail servers, based on the total load created. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting corporation will support numerous server farm facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud web hosting vendor:



If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you discern a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server handles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage service, as lots of hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one tiny fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud 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 near future, perchance a couple of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will appear unexpectedly.