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Cloud Hosting Definition

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What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and hosting terminology. However, just a select few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long story brief, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which involves one file storage tool for all customers, does not convert any given hosting vendor into an authentic cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors name the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can really attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web pages, mail accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than offering merely remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted only to the e-mail linked services. Doing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be just one or probably a whole group of mail servers, determined by the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

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



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



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

Remote File Storage - The Warped Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited only to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely supply file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a bunch of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will emerge out of nowhere.

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