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What Indeed is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Still, just a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story short, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any particular web hosting provider into a genuine cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting corporations dub the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. Very few web hosting firms can truly make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web pages, email mailboxes, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing simply remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the electronic mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire group of email servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the users' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

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

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



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps 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 single physical server is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage service, as many hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will appear unexpectedly.