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Definition of Cloud Hosting

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What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. In spite of that, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale short, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single file storage device for all users, does not transform any particular hosting service provider into a real cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies name the ability to furnish remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very scanty number of hosting firms can really achieve it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, web sites, e-mail addresses, etc., are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering simply remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be just one single or maybe a whole assortment of email servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting firm will support multiple datacenter facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting vendor:

If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS just indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical machine tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote disk storage solution, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they plainly furnish file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will surface unexpectedly.

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