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What is Cloud Hosting?

Essentially, the genuine cloud hosting platform serves individual hosting services such as storage space, email, FTP, databases, DNS, stats, website hosting CP, backup, etc., on individual stacks of avant-garde servers. Each specific service set forms a cluster. All the servers in a cluster are dedicated to serving solely the given service and nothing aside from it. They will all operate as one single web server, sharing out the service's load in practically the same proportions. If there is a real cloud hosting service, there must be: a data storage cluster, a mail cluster, a File Transfer Protocol cluster, database clusters (MySQL/PostgreSQL), a DNS cluster, a stats cluster, a Control Panel cluster, a backup cluster, etc. All these independent service clusters will generate the so-called cloud website hosting system.

The great cloud website hosting scam. Very popular these days.

There is so much misunderstanding going around about cloud web hosting today. As you can perceive, cloud hosting does not only seem complicated, but actually it is greatly perplexing. Most of the people know nothing about what cloud hosting is. On the basis of this widespread unawareness, the "cloud web hosting merchandisers" speculate feverishly, just to get hold of the client and his/her five bucks per month. What a shame! A vast shame. This is due to the fact that in the web hosting industry niche there are no regulations whatsoever. The domain name industry niche has ICANN. The web hosting industry niche has no such self-regulative institution. This is why the hosting retailers speculate and lie openly (quite directly, actually) to their customers. Particularly the cPanel-based cloud hosting providers. Let's learn how much cloud web hosting they in reality can supply.

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

If a cPanel-based website hosting corporation has a cloud web hosting platform at hand, which is quite unlikely, lots of web servers have to be acquired. Which is also not cheap. We will return to that at the end of this review. First off, let's see what the cloud problems are. So, it's very unlikely for a cPanel web hosting company to have the cloud website hosting platform at hand, due to the fact that establishing one requires years. Even when time and the provision of a professional staff are not a predicament, lots of cash must be spent as well. Tons of money. On top of that, cPanel is not open source. That's a great downside.

The shortage of open source cloud hosting platforms

There aren't any open source cloud web hosting platforms. There are no open source hosting Control Panel tools (working with the cloud web hosting system) either. Hence, to have a cloud hosting system at hand, first of all you must fabricate one. In-house. Secondly, you have to invent the web hosting Control Panel too.

One server-based web hosting Control Panels

Famous hosting Control Panels such as cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, etc. are devised to operate on one web server solely. All website hosting services (web space, email, FTP, databases, DNS, statistics, CP, backup, etc.) are being served at the same time on a single server where these respective single-server web hosting platforms and website hosting Control Panels are set up.

The deficiency of open source web hosting CPs

So, you must devise a custom website hosting CP that will perform impeccably and to add it within the cloud system, as if it was a natural constituent of it. Suitable examples of custom created cloud web hosting solutions with custom built Control Panels besides us, at Web Host Miami, are MediaTemple and FreeHostia.

Cloud hosting hardware equipment charges

The smallest investment required, only for the cloud hosting hardware provision, equals somewhere between 60 thousand dollars and 80 thousand dollars. That's omitting the DDoS tool, which is another 15-20 thousand dollars. Now you realize how many cloud hosting platforms can be found out there... and, in particular, why the hosting sky is so blue... and virtually unclouded!