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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Mean?

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story concise, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any particular service provider into a genuine cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. Very few web hosting suppliers can really accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving many domain names, websites, mails, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the email related services. Carrying out nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one or perhaps an entire stack of mail servers, determined by the overall load created. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting company will support multiple datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting provider:

If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as many web hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they simply provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, probably several new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge unexpectedly.