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What is Cloud Web Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Nevertheless, only a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which involves one single data storage tool for all clients, does not turn any given hosting firm into a real cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting corporations call the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web 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, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of hosting providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving a lot of domain names, online portals, mailbox aliases, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering simply remote file storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted only to the electronic mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole pack of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real amount. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting solutions provider will support multiple datacenter facility sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting distributor:


dns1.murnhost.com

dns2.murnhost.com


If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a DNS such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS simply shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as multiple web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they simply deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform is really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, possibly several brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will spring up out of nowhere.