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Cloud Hosting Explanation

What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. Even so, just a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale succinct, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which involves one data storage device for all clients, does not transform any specific hosting vendor into a real cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to furnish remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. Very few web hosting distributors can actually attain it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving multiple domains, web sites, email addresses, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing solely remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the mail associated services. Doing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be just one single or possibly an entire set of mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting supplier will support multiple data center sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting distributor:


dns1.speedihosts.com

dns2.speedihosts.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single server is responsible for all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as lots of hosting corporations wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they plainly offer file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one simple fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a bunch of new clouds we currently are not familiar with will surface out of nowhere.