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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Even so, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all users, does not convert any given web hosting provider into an actual cloud hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very meager number of hosting vendors can actually make it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving plenty of domain names, websites, electronic mail addresses, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than providing just remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the email related services. Performing nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be just one or perhaps a whole pack of email servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter facility sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud hosting firm:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server just demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited simply to a remote data storage solution, as many web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely provide file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.