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What Does Cloud Hosting Mean?

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What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terms. Still, just a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale brief, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any given web hosting service provider into a real cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers call the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very meager number of web hosting providers can truly attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, websites, mailbox accounts, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be only one or perchance a whole group of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load created. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting corporation will support numerous server farm sites on different continents.

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


dns1.www.inthecloudcompany.com

dns2.www.inthecloudcompany.com


If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a DNS such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server simply displays that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single server handles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined only to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they simply offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple component 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 DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we currently are not familiar with will surface out of nowhere.

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