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What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Still, only a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all users, does not turn any given web hosting firm into a genuine cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can really accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, web sites, email addresses, and so on, are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than providing only remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the e-mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be only one or perchance an entire pack of email servers, determined by the total load created. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting accounts provider will support multiple datacenter facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting services provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS simply manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined just to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms 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 services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one small fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will surface out of the blue.

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