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What is Cloud Hosting?

Essentially, the genuine cloud web hosting platform serves individual hosting services like web space, mail, File Transfer Protocol, databases, DNS, statistics, web hosting CP, backup, and so on, on independent groups of avant-garde servers. Each different service group produces a cluster. All the hosting servers in a cluster are dedicated to serving solely the particular service and nothing beside it. They will all function as one server, sharing out the service's load in practically equal proportions. If there is a genuine cloud web hosting service, there would be: a storage space cluster, an email cluster, an FTP cluster, database clusters (MySQL/PostgreSQL), a DNS cluster, a statistics cluster, a web hosting Control Panel cluster, a backup cluster, and so on. All these autonomous service clusters will form the so-called cloud website hosting platform.

The enormous cloud website hosting scam. Quite common these days.

There is so much speculation going around about cloud web hosting these days. As you can perceive, cloud web hosting does not only appear perplexing, but in fact it is very complicated. Most of the people are not at all aware of what cloud web hosting is. On the wings of this common ignorance, the "cloud website hosting vendors" speculate feverishly, just to get hold of the customer and his/her 5 bucks a month. What a shame! A vast shame. This is due to the fact that in the website hosting industry there are no bylaws at all. The domain name industry has ICANN. The hosting industry niche has no such regulatory institution. This is the reason why the hosting providers speculate and lie blatantly (very directly, in fact) to their customers. Chiefly the cPanel-based cloud web hosting providers. Let's learn how much cloud web hosting they in reality can offer.

The truth about the cPanel-based "cloud" web hosting merchants

If a cPanel-based website hosting merchant has a cloud hosting system at hand, which is very unlikely, loads of servers must be secured. Which is also not inexpensive. We will get back to that towards the end of this review. But before we do, let's see what the cloud predicaments are. So, it's very unbelievable for a cPanel hosting vendor to keep the cloud web hosting platform at hand, because creating one demands years. Even when time and the provision of highly qualified personnel are not a predicament, loads of money must be invested too. Heaps of cash. On top of that, cPanel is not open source. That's a big predicament.

The deficiency of open source cloud web hosting systems

There aren't any open source cloud web hosting solutions. There aren't any open source website hosting CP instruments (working with the cloud website hosting system) either. Hence, to have a cloud web hosting platform at hand, first of all you have to devise one. In-house. Second of all, you have to develop the website hosting Control Panel as well.

One server-based website hosting Control Panels

Famous web hosting Control Panels such as cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, etc. are created to work on one server exclusively. All web hosting services (disk storage, email, FTP, databases, DNS, statistics, web hosting Control Panel, backup, and so on) are being served at the same time on one single web server where these respective one-server website hosting platforms and web hosting Control Panels are installed.

The deficiency of open source web hosting CPs

So, you have to fabricate a custom website hosting CP that will perform flawlessly and to include it within the cloud system, as if it was an ingrained component of it. Good instances of in-house developed cloud web hosting platforms with custom set up hosting Control Panels besides us, at Lifenethost, are MediaTemple and FreeHostia.

Cloud web hosting hardware equipment expenses

The minimal contribution required, only for the cloud web hosting hardware equipment, is equivalent to somewhere between $60,000 USD and eighty thousand dollars. That's omitting the DDoS appliance, which is another $15-20,000. Now you realize how many cloud web hosting systems can be encountered out there... and, especially, why the hosting sky is so turquoise... and practically cloudless!