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What Actually 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, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Yet, just a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story succinct, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single file storage device for all users, does not transform any specific web hosting distributor into an actual cloud hosting company.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to furnish remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of web hosting firms can truly do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domains, web portals, email addresses, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than offering simply remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one or probably a whole collection of mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting solutions provider will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud hosting distributor:



If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you observe a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server only indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as many web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they plainly provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a number of new clouds we presently are not aware of will emerge out of the blue.

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