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Explanation of Cloud Hosting

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What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting parlance. Even so, only a few really can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote data storage service, which involves one single disk storage device for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting packages provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to supply remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can really attain it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, websites, mail aliases, etc., right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than providing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail related services. Doing nothing else than these specific assignments. There might be just one or perhaps a whole bunch of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual number. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

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

If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you discern a DNS such as the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS only exhibits that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined just to a remote file storage solution, as many web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one simple fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance several brand new clouds we currently don't know about will surface out of the blue.

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