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What Precisely is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. However, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy story short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any specific hosting supplier into a real cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting distributors dub the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining parts of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of web hosting suppliers can really do it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, E-mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving lots of domains, web sites, electronic mail accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing just remote data storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be devoted just to the email linked services. Doing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one or perchance a whole pack of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting solutions provider will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting solutions provider:


dns1.directbizhost.com

dns2.directbizhost.com


If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS just shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one server is responsible for all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly provide file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny component of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a few new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up unexpectedly.

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