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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Nevertheless, just a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given web hosting firm into a genuine cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting corporations dub the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very meager number of web hosting companies can actually attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, sites, electronic mails, and so on, right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted only to the electronic mail connected services. Doing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or maybe an entire pack of mail servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting provider will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting corporation:


dns1.cn.pacework.com

dns2.cn.pacework.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you spot a DNS such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server just shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote disk storage service, as multiple hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they simply distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed very 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 just one tiny fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps several brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will turn up out of nowhere.