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Cloud Hosting Clarified

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting phraseology. Even so, only a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story short, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one data storage device for all clients, does not transform any particular hosting service provider into a genuine cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web 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 functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting corporations can actually make it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web sites, electronic mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail linked services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or perchance an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting packages provider will support multiple datacenter sites on multiple continents.

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

If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server merely manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform seems really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance several new clouds we currently are not informed about will show up out of nowhere.