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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a select few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale short, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which involves one data storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given web hosting company into a genuine cloud web hosting supplier.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very meager number of web hosting corporations can actually make it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web sites, mailbox accounts, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing merely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the mail related services. Performing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one or possibly a whole group of e-mail servers, determined by the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual number. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting distributor will support multiple data center facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an authentic cloud web hosting supplier:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS only indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one server copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined only to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of web hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they simply provide file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe several new clouds we currently don't know about will appear out of the blue.

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