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Cloud Hosting Uncovered

What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting lingo. Even so, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story short, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific web hosting supplier into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very meager number of web hosting corporations can actually accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web pages, mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than distributing solely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or possibly an entire set of e-mail servers, based on the total load created. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting firm will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting services provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS merely indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps 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 physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined solely to a remote data storage service, as plenty of hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one small fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a few brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will turn up unexpectedly.