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What is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. In spite of that, only a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale short, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one file storage device for all customers, does not transform any particular web hosting distributor into an authentic cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very small number of hosting providers can actually achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving numerous domains, online portals, email boxes, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated just to the electronic mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole group of mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting packages provider will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting company:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server just reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as many web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly several new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface unexpectedly.

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