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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale succinct, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one disk storage tool for all clients, does not turn any specific web hosting service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. Very few web hosting firms can actually achieve it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domains, web portals, e-mail box accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing only remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the mail related services. Performing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one or maybe a whole stack of email servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting vendor will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting company:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage service, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a couple of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will spring up out of nowhere.