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Cloud Web Hosting Uncovered

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting phraseology. Nevertheless, only a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale short, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting corporation into an authentic cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting companies name the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of web hosting vendors can actually do it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, web pages, emails, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing solely remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the email linked services. Executing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or maybe an entire bunch of mail servers, based on the total server load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting vendor will support multiple data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting solutions provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS only exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited only to a remote data storage service, as plenty of hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly supply file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a few new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear out of the blue.