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Definition of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and hosting parlance. However, only a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long tale succinct, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which comprises one single disk storage device for all users, does not convert any particular hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of web hosting firms can truly achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving many domains, web portals, mail accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing only remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated just to the e-mail related services. Performing nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be just one single or possibly a whole array of email servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual number. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an actual cloud web hosting packages provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical server handles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited only to a remote data storage solution, as a lot of web hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, 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 small constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably several brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will emerge out of nowhere.