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What Does Cloud Hosting Mean?

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What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Still, just a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any specific hosting corporation into a real cloud hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to offer remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other fractions of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very meager number of service providers can actually attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, websites, e-mail addresses, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing simply remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the email linked services. Performing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one or perhaps a whole assortment of mail servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting firm will support multiple data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting packages provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server simply exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote data storage solution, as many web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly deliver file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perchance a bunch of new clouds we currently are not aware of will turn up unexpectedly.

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