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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Yet, just a select few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale succinct, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting supplier into a real cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very small number of service providers can truly do it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domains, web portals, email mailboxes, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing simply remote data storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated solely to the e-mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire set of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

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

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS just demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as lots of web hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly provide file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a few brand new clouds we presently don't know about will emerge out of the blue.