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Definition of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. Still, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale succinct, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which comprises one file storage tool for all users, does not turn any particular hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting vendors name the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can really achieve it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, web portals, mailbox aliases, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated just to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be just one or probably an entire bunch of e-mail servers, based on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

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

If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS plainly illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one tiny part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perchance a bunch of new clouds we presently are not aware of will emerge unexpectedly.