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Definition of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terms. Nonetheless, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all users, does not transform any specific hosting supplier into a real cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting service providers can truly do it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving numerous domains, web portals, e-mail box accounts, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing just remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted just to the mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be only one or perhaps a whole cluster of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting solutions provider will support numerous data center facility locations on multiple continents.

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


dns1.visualiswebhosting.com

dns2.visualiswebhosting.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS simply manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage service, as plenty of web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they merely furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a couple of new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up out of the blue.