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Cloud Web Hosting Definition

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, only a select few actually know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long story brief, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all users, does not turn any specific web hosting vendor into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. Very few hosting vendors can truly achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, online portals, email addresses, etc., right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering just remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Doing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or probably a whole array of email servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

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



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined only to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a number of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will appear out of nowhere.