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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terminology. However, just a select few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale concise, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any particular web hosting firm into an actual cloud hosting company.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. Very few hosting service providers can really do it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, web sites, email box accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the email linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one or perchance an entire bundle of e-mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting plans provider will support multiple server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting distributor:

If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you discern a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server just indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server handles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted just to a remote disk storage service, as multiple web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, probably a few brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will turn up out of nowhere.