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What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Even so, just a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story concise, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which involves one disk storage tool for all users, does not turn any given web hosting vendor into a real cloud hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers dub the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very meager number of hosting corporations can actually attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Emails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, sites, e-mail box accounts, and so on, are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering plainly remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the e-mail associated services. Doing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one single or probably a whole stack of mail servers, depending on the total load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the customers' 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 numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

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


dns1.pnscripts.com

dns2.pnscripts.com


If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you notice a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous web hosting providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one small segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps several brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will come up out of the blue.

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