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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

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What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Still, just a select few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which involves one single disk storage device for all customers, does not transform any specific hosting firm into a genuine cloud web hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting corporations call the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. Very few web hosting vendors can really accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, websites, email addresses, etc., right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing simply remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the email linked services. Doing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be only one single or maybe an entire array of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting provider will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting corporation:


dns1.inticweb.com

dns2.inticweb.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS only illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined just to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a couple of new clouds we currently don't know about will appear unexpectedly.

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