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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. Even so, just a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story succinct, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one single file storage tool for all customers, does not convert any particular web hosting company into an actual cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage services for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very meager number of service providers can truly accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving a lot of domain names, web portals, e-mails, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing solely remote data storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or probably a whole bunch of e-mail servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting packages provider:



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you observe a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS simply displays that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server takes care of all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one small component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably several new clouds we presently are not informed about will appear out of the blue.

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