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Description of Cloud Web Hosting

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. However, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story concise, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular hosting company into an authentic cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to deliver remote file 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 disk storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very small number of hosting corporations can truly accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving many domains, web portals, mailboxes, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing just remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or probably a whole collection of mail servers, based on the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting accounts provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you perceive a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server merely exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote data storage solution, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance several new clouds we presently don't know about will spring up out of the blue.