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Definition of Cloud Web Hosting

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. However, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long story short, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one file storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting supplier into an actual cloud hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting companies name the ability to supply remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage services for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of hosting service providers can truly attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, online portals, mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing plainly remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the mail connected services. Performing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or perhaps a whole pack of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting firm:

If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS merely illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited just to a remote data storage service, as lots of service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly provide file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we currently are not informed about will turn up out of the blue.