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Cloud Hosting Clarified

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, Internet and hosting lingo. Nonetheless, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long tale brief, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which comprises one file storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any specific service provider into an authentic cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to deliver remote data storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very meager number of web hosting firms can actually do it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, online portals, e-mail box accounts, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering solely remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire set of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

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

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



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server simply indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as multiple web hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very 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 merely one simple fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud 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 upcoming future, probably a number of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of nowhere.