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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. In spite of that, just a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale concise, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage tool for all customers, does not transform any specific web hosting firm into an actual cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. Very few hosting corporations can really make it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving multiple domains, online portals, mailbox accounts, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering simply remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be just one single or probably a whole bundle of mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting services provider:


dns1.onionhost.com

dns2.onionhost.com


If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you perceive a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS merely reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote data storage service, as a lot of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one small fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, possibly a bunch of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will spring up out of nowhere.