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Cloud Hosting Definition

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Even so, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story short, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which involves one disk storage tool for all customers, does not turn any given web hosting corporation into an actual cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can actually accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, online portals, e-mail addresses, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying plainly remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated just to the e-mail related services. Doing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be only one single or probably an entire collection of electronic mail servers, based on the total load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, 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 packages provider will support numerous datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud web hosting accounts provider:


dns1.www.up-hostidc.com

dns2.www.up-hostidc.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you observe a DNS like the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server merely manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited only to a remote file storage solution, as lots of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP 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 number of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will emerge unexpectedly.