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What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, Internet and hosting parlance. Even so, just a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale succinct, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not transform any particular web hosting vendor into an actual cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very scanty number of service providers can really achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving countless domains, web sites, e-mail boxes, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering simply remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or probably an entire bundle of mail servers, based on the overall load created. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center sites on different continents.

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


dns1.xoomservers.net

dns2.xoomservers.net


If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you discern a DNS like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably several brand new clouds we presently don't know about will come up out of the blue.

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