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What Does Cloud Web Hosting Stand for?

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. In spite of that, just a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which comprises one single data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any given hosting distributor into an authentic cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. Very few web hosting providers can really attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web sites, e-mail boxes, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering only remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted just to the mail linked services. Doing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perchance an entire group of e-mail servers, based on the total server load created. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you spot a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS plainly reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined just to a remote data storage solution, as multiple service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they simply supply file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will turn up out of the blue.