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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Stand for?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Even so, just a select few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy story short, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one single file storage device for all users, does not turn any particular hosting corporation into an authentic cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to deliver remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of web hosting distributors can actually do it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, sites, emails, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing plainly remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the electronic mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be only one or probably an entire group of e-mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting services provider will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting services provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely displays that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted just to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply furnish file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a number of new clouds we presently are not informed about will show up unexpectedly.