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What Indeed is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, just a select few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which involves one file storage device for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting supplier into a genuine cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very scanty number of web hosting service providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domains, online portals, electronic mails, etc., are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing solely remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the email linked services. Performing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire array of mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting distributor will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting plans provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS merely manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server handles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited only to a remote disk storage service, as multiple hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe several new clouds we presently are not informed about will come up out of the blue.