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What Indeed is Cloud Hosting?

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What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale brief, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all users, does not convert any specific hosting company into a real cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. Very few hosting distributors can truly do it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Electronic Mail Addresses, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving many domain names, online portals, email accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing only remote file storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the electronic mail connected services. Doing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or maybe an entire assortment of e-mail servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud hosting vendor:


dns1.digitalsteer.com

dns2.digitalsteer.com


If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a DNS such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS simply illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine handles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote file storage service, as plenty of web hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely deliver file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably several brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will emerge unexpectedly.

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