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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Stand for?

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What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Yet, only a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long story concise, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one file storage tool for all customers, does not turn any given hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting firms can truly accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domain names, web pages, emails, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering plainly remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the email related services. Performing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be only one single or possibly an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting firm:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you notice a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server merely shows that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly provide file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up out of nowhere.

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