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Cloud Website Hosting Description

What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. Even so, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story short, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage tool for all customers, does not transform any particular web hosting vendor into a real cloud web hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting suppliers call the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very small number of web hosting distributors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving numerous domains, online portals, mail aliases, etc., are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than providing just remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or perhaps a whole stack of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting firm will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting distributor:


dns1.www.philwebdev.com

dns2.www.philwebdev.com


If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted only to a remote file storage solution, as lots of hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they simply distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a few new clouds we currently don't know about will emerge unexpectedly.