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What Actually is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terms. Nevertheless, just a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all users, does not turn any given web hosting corporation into an authentic cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. Very few web hosting corporations can really make it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, online portals, mailbox aliases, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than offering solely remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire bunch of mail servers, based on 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 quantity. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting supplier will support numerous data center facility sites on multiple continents.

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



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server simply indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote file storage service, as multiple web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty 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 File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance a few brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will spring up out of nowhere.