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Cloud Web Hosting Unveiled

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting phraseology. Yet, only a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale short, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting distributor into an actual cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions 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 involved in the entire hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting distributors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving multiple domains, web portals, e-mailboxes, etc., are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than offering merely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the mail linked services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be just one or maybe a whole pack of e-mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud web hosting firm:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined solely to a remote file storage service, as a lot of hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they merely deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny component of the entire cloud web 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 mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps several new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up out of nowhere.