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Cloud Web Hosting Revealed

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. In spite of that, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not convert any given web hosting company into an actual cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very small number of hosting vendors can truly achieve it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domains, online portals, email addresses, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering just remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the email linked services. Doing nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be just one or perchance an entire bunch of mail servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting vendor:


dns1.ozevisionwebhosting.com

dns2.ozevisionwebhosting.com


If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you discern a DNS such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server only indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted solely to a remote file storage service, as multiple hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will appear out of the blue.