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What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Yet, just a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story brief, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage service, which involves one disk storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any specific hosting corporation into an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to deliver remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting distributors can actually make it.

2. It Includes Domains, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web sites, email accounts, and so on, right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than offering plainly remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the email associated services. Doing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one single or probably a whole cluster of e-mail servers, based on the total load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting distributor will support numerous datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud hosting firm:


dns1.teoe.net

dns2.teoe.net


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you observe a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS only shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote file storage service, as many web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they simply provide file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will spring up out of nowhere.

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