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What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?
What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's computing, Internet and hosting lingo. However, just a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story concise, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.
1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one file storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given hosting provider into an authentic cloud hosting services provider.
The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of hosting firms can really make it.
2. It Encompasses Domains, Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving lots of domains, online portals, electronic mail aliases, and so on, aren't we?
To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the electronic mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be just one or perhaps a whole group of mail servers, based on the overall load generated. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting plans provider will support numerous data center facility locations on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting company:
If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a DNS such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server simply indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited only to a remote file storage service, as a lot of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply furnish file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one simple part of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will spring up out of nowhere.