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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Represent?

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Yet, just a select few actually know what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any specific web hosting firm into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting corporations dub the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting suppliers can truly achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domains, web sites, email addresses, and so on, right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing just remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted just to the electronic mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be just one or probably a whole assortment of electronic mail servers, depending on the total load created. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting plans provider:

If such a DNS is provided by your hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a DNS like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS just reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote data storage solution, as multiple hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply offer file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably several brand new clouds we currently don't know about will turn up unexpectedly.