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Definition of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Still, only a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which involves one data storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any specific hosting firm into a real cloud hosting company.

The cPanel hosting vendors call the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. Very few web hosting service providers can truly accomplish it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving multiple domains, web pages, e-mails, and so on, are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering plainly remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or probably a whole array of mail servers, depending on the total load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting company will support numerous server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting vendor:

If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you see a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined just to a remote data storage solution, as multiple web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly provide file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered 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 mail cloud and... in the near future, perhaps a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will spring up out of nowhere.