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Description of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting phraseology. Yet, just a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story succinct, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all users, does not transform any particular web hosting company into a real cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of hosting vendors can truly accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving multiple domains, web portals, email mailboxes, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying only remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one or perchance an entire bundle of email servers, based on the total server load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting company will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting company:

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you spot a DNS such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS only demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined simply to a remote disk storage solution, as many service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they merely furnish file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a few brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will appear unexpectedly.