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What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, only a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any given hosting supplier into an authentic cloud web hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very small number of hosting providers can really accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, web pages, mails, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than providing simply remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perchance a whole stack of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting firm will support multiple server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting plans provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you spot a DNS like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS only manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined only to a remote disk storage service, as a lot of hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly provide file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found 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 upcoming future, maybe a bunch of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will turn up out of nowhere.

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