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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. In spite of that, only a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which involves one file storage tool for all customers, does not convert any specific hosting distributor into an actual cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very meager number of web hosting service providers can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving countless domain names, web portals, mailbox aliases, etc., are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering merely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or possibly a whole bunch of mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the users' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting company will support multiple data center sites on different continents.

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


dns1.luisarts.net

dns2.luisarts.net


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS simply shows that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote disk storage service, as a lot of web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly several new clouds we presently are not aware of will spring up unexpectedly.

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