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What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terms. However, just a select few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one data storage device for all users, does not transform any given hosting firm into a real cloud web hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. Very few web hosting companies can truly achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domain names, web pages, e-mail aliases, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing only remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated just to the email related services. Executing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be just one or perchance a whole bunch of email servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting packages provider will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

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


dns1.nnuk.net

dns2.nnuk.net


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS just indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote file storage solution, as a lot of hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite 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 merely one simple fragment of the whole cloud web 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 DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently don't know about will turn up unexpectedly.

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