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What In Fact is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. In spite of that, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy story brief, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which comprises one file storage device for all users, does not turn any specific hosting vendor into a genuine cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting companies can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, sites, email boxes, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing solely remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the mail connected services. Performing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole collection of email servers, based on the total server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, 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 data center facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting plans provider:

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you discern a DNS like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as many web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will surface unexpectedly.