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What In Fact is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting lingo. However, just a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long story short, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one data storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any given web hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. Very few web hosting providers can actually do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domain names, sites, email mailboxes, etc., right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying simply remote data storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the email connected services. Doing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire collection of electronic mail servers, based on the total load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud web hosting distributor:


dns1.netservicehosting.com

dns2.netservicehosting.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you notice a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server simply displays that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server takes care of all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited only to a remote disk storage service, as lots of web hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered 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, possibly a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will turn up unexpectedly.