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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, only a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale concise, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which involves one data storage tool for all customers, does not transform any particular web hosting company into a real cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very small number of web hosting firms can really accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Emails, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving many domains, online portals, e-mailboxes, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering plainly remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) must be devoted only to the mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or probably an entire group of electronic mail servers, depending on the total load created. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting supplier will support multiple server farm facility sites on different continents.

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


dns1.nutiweb.com

dns2.nutiweb.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a DNS such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server merely shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance 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 server deals with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined only to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perhaps several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will emerge out of nowhere.