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What is cloud web hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. However, just a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale short, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all users, does not transform any particular web hosting company into a genuine cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies name the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of hosting providers can truly do it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, web portals, e-mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than providing solely remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated only to the mail related services. Doing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be only one or maybe a whole set of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting plans provider will support numerous datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud web hosting company:

If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS plainly exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single server tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage service, as many hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely offer file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a few brand new clouds we presently don't know about will turn up out of nowhere.

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