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Cloud Web Hosting Defined

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. In spite of that, only a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long tale succinct, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting company into an authentic cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very meager number of hosting vendors can really achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving many domain names, online portals, electronic mails, etc., right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying only remote data storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted just to the mail associated services. Doing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be only one or perchance an entire stack of electronic mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have an actual cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual number. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting provider will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.

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


dns1.webhosting.maxima.com.ng

dns2.webhosting.maxima.com.ng


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS plainly reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely supply file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps several new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of the blue.