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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting parlance. Still, just a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy story concise, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage tool for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting corporation into an authentic cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very scanty number of web hosting companies can actually make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

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

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying merely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the email connected services. Executing nothing else than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or possibly a whole collection of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting company will support multiple datacenter facility sites on different continents.

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

If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of DNS only shows that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined just to a remote data storage service, as a lot of web hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small segment 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 FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a bunch of new clouds we presently are not informed about will show up out of the blue.