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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Nonetheless, only a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale concise, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any particular hosting provider into a real cloud web hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can actually do it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving countless domain names, sites, mail addresses, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying simply remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire assortment of email servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

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

If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS merely displays that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage service, as a lot of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly offer file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny constituent of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered 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 electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a few new clouds we currently don't know about will turn up out of nowhere.