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What Does Cloud Hosting Mean?
What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Still, just a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Solely.
1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one disk storage tool for all users, does not transform any particular hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting company.
The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. Very few hosting firms can truly achieve it.
2. It Includes Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web sites, emails, etc., are we not?
To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying merely remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be just one single or perchance a whole cluster of mail servers, based on the overall load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting company will support multiple server farm facility sites on different continents.
Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting services provider:
If such a DNS is provided by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you discern a DNS like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server only displays that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server copes with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of web hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, since they simply supply file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one small fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the 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 near future, perchance several brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will surface out of the blue.