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Cloud Hosting Definition

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting lingo. Nevertheless, just a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story concise, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage service, which involves one file storage device for all users, does not transform any specific web hosting vendor into an authentic cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very scanty number of hosting providers can actually achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, online portals, email mailbox accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering just remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted just to the electronic mail related services. Executing nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one or possibly an entire array of electronic mail servers, based on the total server load created. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting accounts provider will support numerous server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting distributor:



If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS simply exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server copes with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited just to a remote disk storage solution, as many web hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they merely furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface out of nowhere.