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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story succinct, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given web hosting corporation into an actual cloud hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very small number of hosting vendors can really achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, online portals, mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be only one or perhaps a whole pack of email servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting company will support numerous server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider:


dns1.simplistic.reseller-hosting-themes.com

dns2.simplistic.reseller-hosting-themes.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of DNS only demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined only to a remote data storage service, as numerous hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly provide file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform appears really very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a couple of new clouds we presently don't know about will show up out of the blue.