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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting parlance. Even so, only a few really know what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story concise, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all users, does not convert any given hosting distributor into a genuine cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to supply remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very meager number of hosting vendors can actually do it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, web portals, e-mails, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or maybe a whole array of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting corporation will support multiple data center facility sites on multiple continents.

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

If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS simply manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined only to a remote file storage service, as a lot of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely offer file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one small constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a few new clouds we currently don't know about will appear out of the blue.