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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, only a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which comprises one single disk storage device for all customers, does not transform any given service provider into a real cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of hosting corporations can actually accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, websites, mails, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than providing merely remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the electronic mail linked services. Doing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or probably a whole pack of mail servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting firm will support numerous datacenter facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting company:



If such a DNS is provided by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS merely illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server handles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they simply supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance several new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will appear out of the blue.

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