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What is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Still, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale short, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote file storage solution, which involves one file storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any given hosting distributor into a genuine cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of web hosting companies can really do it.

2. It Involves Domains, Emails, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, websites, mailboxes, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) must be devoted only to the mail related services. Performing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or possibly a whole pack of email servers, based on the overall load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting corporation:

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

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS just reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined only to a remote data storage solution, as multiple hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they plainly offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one tiny fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe several new clouds we presently don't know about will come up out of nowhere.

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