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Explanation of Cloud Hosting

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What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting phraseology. Still, only a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any specific web hosting distributor into an actual cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to deliver remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. Very few web hosting corporations can truly do it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, online portals, e-mail addresses, and so on, aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than offering only remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated just to the electronic mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be only one or perchance a whole group of mail servers, determined by the overall load created. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud hosting firm:


dns1.www.webgear.biz

dns2.www.webgear.biz


If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you perceive a DNS like the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS just illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not limited simply to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they merely deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one simple fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly a number of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will turn up out of nowhere.

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