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What Actually is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Nonetheless, just a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story succinct, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any particular web hosting supplier into a genuine cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting providers can actually make it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domains, sites, electronic mail aliases, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than offering plainly remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail linked services. Doing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one single or possibly a whole stack of email servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting services provider will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting services provider:

If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a DNS like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS plainly exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as many web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a few brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up unexpectedly.

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