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What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting lingo. Still, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale concise, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which comprises one single file storage device for all clients, does not transform any given web hosting provider into an actual cloud hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers dub the ability to furnish remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of hosting distributors can actually attain it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving countless domains, websites, e-mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing simply remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted just to the mail associated services. Executing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be only one single or probably a whole group of mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting corporation will support multiple data center facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting solutions provider:

If such a DNS is provided by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you discern a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server simply demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one simple fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of the blue.

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