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What Actually is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terms. In spite of that, just a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale short, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one file storage appliance for all users, does not convert any specific hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors dub the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very small number of web hosting corporations can truly do it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web sites, electronic mail accounts, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing solely remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these particular assignments. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire collection of mail servers, based on the total server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting packages provider will support numerous server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting supplier:

If such a DNS is provided by your hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you observe a DNS such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server just illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined solely to a remote disk storage solution, as many hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up out of the blue.