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What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, only a few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any given hosting distributor into a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting suppliers can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domains, websites, mail aliases, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying simply remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the mail related services. Performing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one single or probably an entire bunch of e-mail servers, based on the total server load created. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting plans provider will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting provider:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS just indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of web hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a couple of new clouds we currently are not informed about will emerge unexpectedly.

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