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Cloud Web Hosting Clarified

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. In spite of that, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story succinct, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not convert any specific provider into a genuine cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to distribute remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can actually achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, sites, mail addresses, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than distributing plainly remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one single or possibly a whole bundle of electronic mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting provider will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting corporation:


dns1.omnicommsolutions.com

dns2.omnicommsolutions.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied 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 spot a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS only demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited just to a remote disk storage service, as many hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will show up unexpectedly.