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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Yet, just a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Only.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one file storage device for all users, does not turn any specific web hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very small number of web hosting firms can truly attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving multiple domains, online portals, e-mails, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than providing just remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the e-mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be only one or maybe an entire group of mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting firm will support multiple server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting distributor:


dns1.blindingedge.net

dns2.blindingedge.net


If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS plainly exhibits that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one server takes care of all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited only to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one tiny segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will turn up out of nowhere.