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Cloud Web Hosting Uncovered

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Yet, just a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story short, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not turn any particular web hosting provider into an authentic cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting platform, 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 precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very small number of web hosting service providers can really do it.

2. It Includes Domains, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, websites, email mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering simply remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or maybe a whole collection of mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting company will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting accounts provider:


dns1.finelinehosting.com

dns2.finelinehosting.com


If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server simply reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote data storage solution, as lots of hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they merely supply file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a bunch of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will spring up out of the blue.