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How Cloud Web Hosting Functions

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What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terms. In spite of that, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any given provider into a real cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very meager number of hosting distributors can really make it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, websites, electronic mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing plainly remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the mail connected services. Doing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or possibly a whole set of email servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting plans provider will support multiple data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting solutions provider:


dns1.123webplan.com

dns2.123webplan.com


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server merely shows that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of web hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a few brand new clouds we presently don't know about will turn up out of the blue.

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