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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terminology. However, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any given hosting distributor into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very meager number of web hosting corporations can actually achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web sites, email addresses, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing simply remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be just one single or probably a whole stack of mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting services provider will support numerous datacenter facility sites on different continents.

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


dns1.w3workplace.com

dns2.w3workplace.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS merely exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited only to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a number of brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will come up out of the blue.