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Cloud Web Hosting Uncovered

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. Still, just a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one file storage device for all customers, does not convert any particular hosting corporation into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting corporations dub the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very meager number of web hosting companies can truly attain it.


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2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving numerous domain names, web sites, e-mail box accounts, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying merely remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the mail linked services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or probably a whole group of e-mail servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting distributor will support numerous server farm locations on multiple continents.

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


dns1.lonex.com

dns2.lonex.com


If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident 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 platform. This type of DNS merely exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as many hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a few new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge unexpectedly.