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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Stand for?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Even so, just a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all users, does not transform any specific hosting service provider into an authentic cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very scanty number of hosting companies can actually attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domain names, online portals, e-mails, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted only to the e-mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole assortment of e-mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting vendor will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting vendor:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS just manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited just to a remote data storage service, as plenty of service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a couple of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will appear unexpectedly.