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Explanation of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, just a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale short, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which involves one single file storage tool for all users, does not convert any specific hosting corporation into a real cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting companies name the ability to provide remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very scanty number of hosting firms can actually accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, online portals, e-mail addresses, and so on, are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing just remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these particular assignments. There might be only one or perhaps an entire bundle of mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' hosting 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 services provider will support multiple data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting corporation:


dns1.lightcloudhosting.com

dns2.lightcloudhosting.com


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server only shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as multiple hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, as they plainly deliver file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears really quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a few new clouds we currently are not informed about will surface out of the blue.