What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?
What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Even so, just a select few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale succinct, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Only.
1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single file storage tool for all clients, does not convert any specific web hosting provider into a genuine cloud hosting corporation.
The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very scanty number of service providers can really accomplish it.
2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving numerous domains, web sites, email boxes, and so on, aren't we?
To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing only remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated solely to the mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or perchance an entire stack of mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting services provider will support numerous server farm facility sites on multiple continents.
Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting supplier:
If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you observe a DNS like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS simply indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not confined just to a remote file storage solution, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they merely provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a couple of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will show up out of nowhere.