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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. In spite of that, just a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story concise, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not convert any specific hosting company into an actual cloud hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to deliver remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very scanty number of web hosting suppliers can really do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting service, serving plenty of domains, web pages, email aliases, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than providing simply remote file storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the email linked services. Performing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one or perchance a whole cluster of e-mail servers, determined by the total load generated. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting provider will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting distributor:


dns1.webhostinghost.com

dns2.webhostinghost.com


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you observe a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of DNS plainly demonstrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server copes with all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined simply to a remote data storage solution, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they simply furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly several brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear out of nowhere.

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