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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Mean?

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Nonetheless, just a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage device for all users, does not turn any particular hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. Very few web hosting service providers can actually attain it.

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2. It Involves Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domains, web sites, e-mail addresses, and so on, right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than providing simply remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or probably an entire bundle of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting supplier will support numerous server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting corporation:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS merely manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited only to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe several brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will emerge unexpectedly.