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What Actually is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting lingo. Yet, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any specific web hosting vendor into an authentic cloud hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very meager number of hosting vendors can really attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving a lot of domains, web sites, electronic mails, and so on, right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than providing simply remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the e-mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or perchance an entire set of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting firm:


dns1.myhomeplacehosting.com

dns2.myhomeplacehosting.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS only shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote data storage service, as lots of hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they simply offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge out of nowhere.

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