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Cloud Web Hosting Clarified

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Yet, only a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Delivering a remote file storage service, which involves one file storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any given web hosting supplier into an actual cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to distribute remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very small number of hosting firms can really do it.

2. It Includes Domains, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving lots of domains, web portals, mailbox accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted solely to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be just one single or maybe an entire pack of mail servers, depending on the total load created. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting packages provider will support multiple data center facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting solutions provider:

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server only reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified 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 web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered 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 electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up out of the blue.