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Description of Cloud Web Hosting

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What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. In spite of that, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which involves one disk storage device for all customers, does not turn any specific web hosting service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies call the ability to furnish remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very small number of hosting corporations can actually attain it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web sites, email boxes, and so on, are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than providing just remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the e-mail related services. Doing nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be just one or perhaps a whole array of email servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting accounts provider will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud web hosting solutions provider:


dns1.web-of-friends.host

dns2.web-of-friends.host


If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely supply file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud 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 DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will turn up out of nowhere.

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