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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Even so, just a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story short, we will first describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular web hosting company into an authentic cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. Very few hosting firms can actually achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, online portals, email aliases, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one or probably an entire group of electronic mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud hosting distributor:


dns1.webhostingforlife.com

dns2.webhostingforlife.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server just displays that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they merely distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a number of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will spring up out of the blue.

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