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What Exactly is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. Nevertheless, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story concise, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular web hosting provider into an actual cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very scanty number of hosting companies can really make it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web sites, email aliases, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing only remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be only one single or maybe an entire cluster of mail servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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 instance of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting accounts provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you notice a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS only displays that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Interpretation of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote data storage solution, as many web hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they merely furnish file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface unexpectedly.