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Definition of Cloud Web Hosting

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What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terms. However, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one file storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any particular hosting provider into a genuine cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very meager number of hosting distributors can truly do it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, web pages, mailboxes, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering solely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted just to the e-mail connected services. Performing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be just one single or maybe an entire set of email servers, based on the total load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real amount. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting solutions provider will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting plans provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you discern a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS just shows that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited only to a remote disk storage solution, as plenty of web hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny component 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 DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a couple of new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface out of nowhere.

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