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What Does Cloud Hosting Signify?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terms. However, only a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story short, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one disk storage tool for all customers, does not turn any given hosting company into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. A very meager number of hosting suppliers can truly make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web sites, e-mail accounts, and so on, right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying simply remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the mail related services. Doing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or perhaps an entire group of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting company will support multiple data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting accounts provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you discern a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server simply displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as lots of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they simply provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a few brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of nowhere.