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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. However, just a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which involves one file storage device for all customers, does not turn any specific web hosting vendor into a real cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very scanty number of web hosting service providers can truly attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web pages, electronic mails, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering only remote file storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted just to the email connected services. Executing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one or maybe a whole set of e-mail servers, determined by the total load generated. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting company will support multiple datacenter facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting vendor:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the web 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 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote data storage solution, as lots of hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one simple fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will surface unexpectedly.