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Cloud Hosting Explanation

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Still, only a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale succinct, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given hosting service provider into an actual cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. Very few hosting corporations can truly accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mails, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, web pages, email accounts, and so on, right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying just remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or maybe a whole pack of email servers, based on the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

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


dns1.bitlife.host

dns2.bitlife.host


If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS merely illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server is responsible for all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined simply to a remote file storage service, as a lot of hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a number of new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up unexpectedly.