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Cloud Hosting Explained

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Even so, just a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one disk storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular hosting supplier into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very small number of hosting providers can truly attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, websites, electronic mail accounts, and so on, right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the electronic mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire array of mail servers, depending on the overall load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting plans provider will support multiple data center sites on multiple continents.

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

If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS just demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited solely to a remote data storage service, as lots of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, possibly a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear unexpectedly.