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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terminology. In spite of that, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story brief, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all users, does not convert any given web hosting corporation into a real cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very meager number of hosting providers can really make it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web pages, e-mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing plainly remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be just one or probably an entire assortment of electronic mail servers, based on the total load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting solutions provider will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting corporation:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS simply reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited just to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one tiny fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a few new clouds we currently don't know about will come up out of the blue.


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