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Definition of Cloud Web Hosting

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and web hosting phraseology. Even so, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story concise, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which involves one disk storage device for all users, does not convert any given web hosting supplier into a real cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting corporations call the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of hosting suppliers can actually attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving plenty of domains, web sites, mailbox accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying just remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the e-mail related services. Doing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one or possibly a whole bundle of e-mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting services provider will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited solely to a remote data storage service, as multiple web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a bunch of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will appear out of nowhere.