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Cloud Hosting Unveiled

What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting lingo. Nonetheless, just a few really can say what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which involves one single data storage device for all users, does not turn any specific web hosting vendor into a genuine cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very small number of hosting providers can truly do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, sites, mail aliases, etc., right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing merely remote file storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or probably a whole set of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server just reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage service, as a lot of hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up out of nowhere.