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Cloud Web Hosting Explanation

What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting phraseology. Even so, only a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which comprises one file storage tool for all users, does not convert any particular hosting supplier into a real cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to furnish remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. Very few hosting distributors can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving plenty of domains, websites, e-mail box accounts, and so on, right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than providing plainly remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the e-mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be just one single or maybe a whole group of email servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting vendor will support numerous datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting distributor:



If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited only to a remote file storage service, as plenty of web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they merely supply file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really 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 only one simple fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a number of brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will appear out of nowhere.