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What Actually is Cloud Hosting?
What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very modern in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Yet, only a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale succinct, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.
1. Providing a remote file storage service, which comprises one data storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any given web hosting company into an authentic cloud hosting distributor.
The cPanel web hosting corporations dub the ability to offer remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. Very few web hosting vendors can actually attain it.
2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domain names, online portals, email boxes, and so on, right?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering simply remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted just to the electronic mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these given procedures. There might be only one single or maybe a whole collection of e-mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting services provider will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.
Here's an instance of a DNS of a real cloud hosting firm:
If such a DNS is provided by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS just manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote file storage service, as numerous web hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they plainly offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform appears really quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny segment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot 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 FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.