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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular hosting company into an actual cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to provide 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 disk storage services for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very small number of web hosting distributors can truly achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, sites, electronic mail aliases, etc., right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying solely remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be just one or probably a whole bunch of mail servers, depending on the total load generated. To have an authentic cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting accounts provider will support multiple datacenter locations on multiple continents.

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



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS plainly shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server takes care of all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely distribute file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance several new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will emerge unexpectedly.