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Definition of Cloud Web Hosting

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. However, only a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any given web hosting company into a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting corporations name the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very small number of hosting service providers can truly do it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, web portals, email box accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than offering merely remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated just to the mail related services. Performing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or perchance an entire array of email servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the users' 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 a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider will support multiple data center facility sites on multiple continents.

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



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote disk storage service, as many web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a number of new clouds we presently are not informed about will appear out of nowhere.