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What is cloud web hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. Nevertheless, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one data storage tool for all users, does not turn any given web hosting company into a real cloud web hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very meager number of web hosting service providers can truly do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, websites, mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing merely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one or perchance an entire group of email servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting corporation will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting vendor:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server simply reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they merely furnish file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a number of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will turn up out of nowhere.

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