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Explanation of Cloud Web Hosting

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What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting lingo. Yet, just a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting vendor into an actual cloud web hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting firms name the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote data storage services for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. Very few web hosting companies can truly make it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web sites, e-mail aliases, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated just to the mail connected services. Performing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one single or possibly an entire collection of electronic mail servers, based on the total load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting services provider will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting solutions provider:



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS only reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as multiple web hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they merely furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small fragment 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 Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, probably a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge unexpectedly.

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