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Definition of Cloud Hosting

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What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. In spite of that, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale short, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which involves one data storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any given hosting supplier into an actual cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very scanty number of hosting corporations can actually accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domains, web sites, email mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the email related services. Performing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or maybe a whole set of email servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting supplier will support numerous server farm sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting accounts provider:



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you perceive a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server simply reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server handles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as many hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly provide file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny part of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a number of new clouds we currently are not informed about will come up out of the blue.

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