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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Still, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story brief, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage service, which comprises one data storage appliance for all users, does not turn any specific hosting provider into a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can really make it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domains, web pages, electronic mails, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than providing merely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or perchance an entire set of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting accounts provider will support multiple server farm facility sites on different continents.

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

If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you perceive a DNS such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server simply illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage service, as a lot of web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one tiny component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a few new clouds we currently are not informed about will surface out of the blue.

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