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Explanation of Cloud Hosting

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What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting terms. In spite of that, only a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale succinct, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which involves one data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any particular hosting distributor into a real cloud hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting service providers can actually attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, websites, e-mails, and so on, aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be only one or perhaps an entire pack of mail servers, depending on the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting solutions provider:


dns1.islehosting.com

dns2.islehosting.com


If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just reveals that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has 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, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they simply offer file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perchance a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up unexpectedly.

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