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Cloud Hosting Explained

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting terminology. In spite of that, only a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy story succinct, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which involves one disk storage device for all users, does not transform any given hosting provider into an actual cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of hosting vendors can truly attain it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web portals, mails, etc., right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than providing plainly remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these given assignments. There might be only one or possibly a whole group of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting supplier:

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS only displays that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote file storage solution, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply provide file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface out of the blue.