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Cloud Web Hosting Definition

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. Nevertheless, only a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single data storage device for all customers, does not convert any specific hosting company into a genuine cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting corporations dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. Very few web hosting providers can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving many domains, online portals, email boxes, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the e-mail linked services. Doing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be only one or possibly an entire cluster of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting accounts provider will support multiple server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting vendor:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you discern a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS simply indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single server deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited only to a remote file storage solution, as multiple web hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one tiny component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a number of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will surface out of the blue.