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What Precisely is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. Still, only a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting provider into an actual cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting companies name the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. Very few hosting suppliers can really do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving multiple domains, websites, mailbox aliases, and so on, right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing solely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated just to the mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one or possibly a whole pack of e-mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider will support multiple server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting accounts provider:


dns1.id.hepsia.co

dns2.id.hepsia.co


If such a DNS is provided by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you notice a DNS like the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server simply displays that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote file storage solution, as many hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one simple segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will emerge out of the blue.

 

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