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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting phraseology. Nevertheless, only a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale brief, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which comprises one single data storage device for all users, does not turn any particular hosting supplier into an authentic cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors call the ability to furnish remote data storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. Very few service providers can really achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web portals, e-mail box accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering merely remote data storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the e-mail related services. Performing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be only one or perhaps a whole stack of e-mail servers, based on the total server load created. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting solutions provider will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

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


dns1.123megahost.com

dns2.123megahost.com


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS merely manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined just to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly furnish file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a number of new clouds we currently don't know about will show up out of nowhere.