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What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. Yet, just a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale concise, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given hosting service provider into an actual cloud hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote data storage services for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly 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, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very small number of hosting corporations can actually accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, web pages, e-mails, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one or maybe a whole stack of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting vendor will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

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



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you notice a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server handles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote disk storage service, as multiple hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a few brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will turn up out of nowhere.

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