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Cloud Web Hosting Description

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Still, just a select few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale short, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all users, does not convert any given web hosting distributor into a genuine cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting firms name the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other parts of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. Very few hosting suppliers can truly achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, online portals, email box accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering only remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole pack of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the users' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting services provider will support numerous server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting services provider:


dns1.hosting.aia-corporates.com

dns2.hosting.aia-corporates.com


If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain 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 Domain Name Server simply illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply supply file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one tiny fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance several brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will come up unexpectedly.