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What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. However, only a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all users, does not convert any given hosting vendor into a real cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's 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 other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very meager number of web hosting companies can truly do it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domains, sites, email boxes, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing solely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the mail related services. Doing nothing different than these particular assignments. There might be just one or maybe a whole array of email servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of an authentic cloud web hosting corporation:


dns1.hostingam.com

dns2.hostingam.com


If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you observe a DNS like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS simply manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited only to a remote data storage service, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they simply distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one simple fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe several brand new clouds we currently don't know about will emerge unexpectedly.

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