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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. In spite of that, just a select few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which involves one single file storage device for all users, does not convert any particular hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very meager number of hosting providers can actually accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Emails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving multiple domains, web sites, email mailboxes, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering merely remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated just to the mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire bunch of mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting provider:



If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they simply supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks really quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot 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 email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a number of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up unexpectedly.

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