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Cloud Web Hosting Definition

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Nonetheless, just a few really can say what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single file storage device for all customers, does not turn any given web hosting supplier into an authentic cloud hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting companies call the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting service providers can really accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, web portals, email aliases, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing merely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these given tasks. There might be just one or perhaps a whole group of email servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

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

If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS merely indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they simply supply file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears really very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of new clouds we currently don't know about will come up out of the blue.