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A Description of Cloud Web Hosting

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. Still, only a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy story concise, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any specific web hosting firm into a real cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors call the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very meager number of web hosting corporations can really accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving many domain names, web sites, e-mail accounts, etc., right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted solely to the mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one or possibly a whole group of email servers, determined by the total load created. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting supplier will support numerous data center facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting supplier:


dns1.lonex.com

dns2.lonex.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS merely demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as numerous hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, probably several brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will come up out of the blue.

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