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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. However, only a few really can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Solely.

1. Offering a remote file storage service, which comprises one disk storage tool for all users, does not transform any specific web hosting firm into a real cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting companies call the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of web hosting corporations can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving countless domain names, websites, email mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than offering plainly remote disk storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these given assignments. There might be only one or maybe an entire stack of mail servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting plans provider will support multiple data center sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting supplier:



If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server only exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single server tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote file storage service, as plenty of web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, maybe a few new clouds we currently are not familiar with will turn up out of nowhere.