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Cloud Hosting Explained

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, only a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long story brief, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage tool for all users, does not turn any given hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies name the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of web hosting corporations can really accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving many domains, web sites, mailboxes, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted only to the e-mail connected services. Executing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one or probably an entire pack of mail servers, determined by the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual number. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter facility sites on different continents.

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

If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you discern a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains 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, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote disk storage solution, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one tiny fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will appear out of nowhere.