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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. In spite of that, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story succinct, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which involves one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any given web hosting distributor into an actual cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to supply remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the entire 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 entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of hosting distributors can really achieve it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving lots of domains, web sites, e-mail box accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering plainly remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the electronic mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or maybe an entire collection of email servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud hosting supplier:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a DNS like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS merely reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one tiny component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance a few brand new clouds we presently don't know about will come up out of nowhere.