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Definition of Cloud Web Hosting

What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. In spite of that, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story brief, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one single data storage device for all clients, does not turn any particular hosting service provider into a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, based on a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of web hosting service providers can really make it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving many domains, web portals, e-mail boxes, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one or maybe an entire stack of mail servers, based on the overall load created. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting supplier will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting solutions provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you perceive a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS merely reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they merely supply file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up out of the blue.