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What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. However, just a few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale succinct, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage service, which involves one single file storage tool for all clients, does not turn any particular web hosting supplier into an authentic cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to supply remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage services for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very small number of hosting providers can truly make it.


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2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving numerous domain names, web sites, mailbox aliases, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering only remote file storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the email connected services. Executing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one or possibly an entire set of mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting services provider will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting firm:


dns1.lonex.com

dns2.lonex.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS simply shows that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote file storage service, as multiple web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite plain, 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 small component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will surface out of nowhere.