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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terms. Even so, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale succinct, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one single file storage device for all clients, does not convert any given hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very scanty number of web hosting providers can truly make it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, web sites, mailbox aliases, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering merely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be only one or possibly a whole set of email servers, determined by the total server load created. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting plans provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of DNS merely illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote file storage service, as a lot of hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they simply provide file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a few new clouds we presently don't know about will show up out of nowhere.

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