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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Yet, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale short, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all users, does not turn any specific hosting service provider into an authentic cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers call the ability to furnish remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. Very few web hosting firms can truly make it.


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2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Box Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving lots of domain names, web sites, e-mail addresses, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing just remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the mail related services. Executing nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be just one or probably an entire bunch of electronic mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their actual amount. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting vendor will support multiple data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting distributor:


dns1.lonex.com

dns2.lonex.com


If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server handles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited simply to a remote data storage service, as lots of web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a number of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will emerge out of nowhere.