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Cloud Web Hosting Explanation

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting jargon. Nonetheless, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular hosting service provider into a real cloud web hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domains, web portals, email mailboxes, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying just remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one single or possibly an entire group of mail servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting solutions provider will support numerous server farm locations on different continents.

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


dns1.opnux.com

dns2.opnux.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you perceive a DNS such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote disk storage solution, as many web hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple constituent of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will appear out of nowhere.