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What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting parlance. Still, just a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale succinct, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage tool for all users, does not transform any specific web hosting provider into an actual cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations dub the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can really achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving a lot of domain names, websites, mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing just remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the mail associated services. Performing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be just one or probably a whole bunch of mail servers, determined by the total server load created. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, 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 vendor will support multiple data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting packages provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of DNS plainly displays that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one server deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited only to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely offer file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered 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 mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, probably a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will show up out of nowhere.

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