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What Actually is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting lingo. In spite of that, only a select 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 quite lengthy story brief, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which involves one disk storage tool for all clients, does not turn any given web hosting service provider into an authentic cloud web hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can actually do it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting service, serving countless domains, websites, e-mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than offering only remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the e-mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be only one single or possibly a whole set of e-mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting supplier will support numerous data center facility locations on multiple continents.

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


dns1.queenbeehost.com

dns2.queenbeehost.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server takes care of all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote data storage solution, 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 categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply provide file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one small segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a couple of new clouds we currently don't know about will appear out of the blue.