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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Nevertheless, only a select few in fact 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 tale brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any given hosting service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very meager number of hosting suppliers can actually accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web portals, e-mailboxes, etc., right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than providing simply remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted only to the email associated services. Doing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or perhaps a whole cluster of email servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider:

If such a DNS is offered by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a DNS such as the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server just exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited only to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will turn up out of nowhere.

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