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Definition of Cloud Web Hosting

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. However, just a select few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which comprises one single data storage device for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of hosting suppliers can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving multiple domains, web pages, email boxes, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing just remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Executing nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be only one or perhaps a whole array of mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid 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 an actual cloud web hosting company will support numerous data center sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting distributor:


dns1.www.webohost.net

dns2.www.webohost.net


If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your 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 notice a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as plenty of web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one small constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered 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 electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will appear out of the blue.

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