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What Does Cloud Hosting Mean?

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What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. Nonetheless, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single data storage device for all users, does not transform any given hosting provider into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting corporations name the ability to furnish remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting vendors can really achieve it.

2. It Involves Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving a lot of domain names, websites, e-mailbox accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying just remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted only to the email associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole group of email servers, depending on the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting distributor:


dns1.albns.com

dns2.albns.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of DNS simply reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited just to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they merely deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a couple of new clouds we currently are not aware of will surface out of the blue.

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