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What is cloud web hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. In spite of that, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long story brief, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one single data storage device for all customers, does not transform any specific hosting firm into a real cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of web hosting corporations can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving countless domains, online portals, email mailboxes, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than offering merely remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the email related services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or probably an entire collection of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an actual cloud web hosting vendor:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server simply reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably 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, one single physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined only to a remote file storage service, as lots of web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they merely supply file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will turn up unexpectedly.

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