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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting phraseology. Nevertheless, only a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story succinct, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which involves one data storage device for all customers, does not transform any particular provider into a real cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can really do it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving lots of domains, online portals, email aliases, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing simply remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one or maybe a whole bundle of mail servers, depending on the total load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting plans provider will support multiple server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting packages provider:

If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you see a Domain Name Server like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server only demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote data storage service, as lots of hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they merely furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a couple of new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.

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