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How Cloud Web Hosting Functions

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting terminology. Yet, only a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale brief, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage service, which involves one data storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any particular service provider into a real cloud web hosting distributor. The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can truly do it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, sites, e-mailboxes, and so on, aren't we? To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the email related services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be just one or maybe a whole collection of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting packages provider will support multiple data center locations on different continents. Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting corporation: dns1.imporaserver.com dns2.imporaserver.com If such a DNS is offered by your hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you observe a DNS such as the one below: dns658.hostgator.com dns659.hostgator.com that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS simply reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined just to a remote file storage service, as lots of hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one tiny constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a number of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will spring up unexpectedly.
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