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Cloud Hosting Description

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's computing, Internet and web hosting phraseology. However, only a select few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story succinct, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting provider into an actual cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very scanty number of hosting companies can truly do it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, online portals, electronic mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing solely remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or maybe a whole pack of e-mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual number. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting plans provider will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting plans provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited solely to a remote data storage solution, as multiple hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they merely deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a few new clouds we currently are not aware of will appear out of nowhere.