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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. In spite of that, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story brief, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all customers, does not turn any given service provider into a real cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very small number of web hosting firms can really make it.


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2. It Includes Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, websites, e-mail aliases, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than providing merely remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be only one or maybe an entire bundle of email servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an authentic cloud web hosting plans provider:


dns1.lonex.com

dns2.lonex.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server just demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-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 hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited only to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple web hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed very 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 just one tiny part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty 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 mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will appear out of nowhere.