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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Yet, just a select few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any particular hosting service provider into an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very scanty number of hosting suppliers can really accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domains, E-mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domain names, web pages, email box accounts, etc., aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than providing solely remote disk storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) must be devoted just to the mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or probably a whole stack of e-mail servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting provider will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting corporation:

If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

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

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined only to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of web hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they merely provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web 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 not too distant future, perchance a few new clouds we currently are not aware of will surface unexpectedly.