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What is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Still, just a select few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale concise, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting company into a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to provide remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very small number of web hosting vendors can actually accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, online portals, e-mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing merely remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the electronic mail related services. Executing nothing different than these particular assignments. There might be only one single or perchance a whole collection of mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting supplier:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server simply shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote data storage service, as multiple hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems 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, as it's simply one simple fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty 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 electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a number of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will turn up unexpectedly.

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