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What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. In spite of that, only a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting vendor into a genuine cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting corporations call the ability to furnish remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data 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, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of web hosting companies can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving lots of domains, web portals, mailbox aliases, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than providing solely remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail linked services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or possibly an entire stack of email servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting company will support numerous datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting solutions provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server merely illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited simply to a remote file storage service, as many web hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they merely furnish file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small constituent 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 Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will turn up out of nowhere.

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