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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting lingo. Nonetheless, only a select few actually know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story succinct, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage service, which comprises one disk storage tool for all users, does not turn any particular hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to provide remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of service providers can truly do it.


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2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, web portals, e-mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one or possibly an entire group of mail servers, determined by the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting vendor will support multiple server farm locations on multiple continents.

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


dns1.lonex.com

dns2.lonex.com


If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a DNS such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server simply illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as plenty of service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they simply provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a few new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will come up unexpectedly.