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What Actually is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. In spite of that, only a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story concise, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which comprises one single disk storage device for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting distributor into an authentic cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of web hosting corporations can actually do it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, sites, email mailbox accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing merely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one single or perchance an entire collection of e-mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting distributor will support numerous datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting distributor:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS simply demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most 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 simply deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems really very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one simple fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a few brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will surface out of nowhere.

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