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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting phraseology. However, only a few in fact are informed about what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story concise, we will firstly describe to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage device for all users, does not transform any given hosting corporation into an actual cloud hosting company.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to furnish remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very meager number of hosting suppliers can really accomplish it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Box Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving numerous domain names, web pages, e-mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than distributing simply remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or perchance a whole cluster of mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' 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 an actual cloud hosting plans provider will support numerous server farm facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting supplier:


dns1.gulfhostgroup.com

dns2.gulfhostgroup.com


If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you notice a DNS such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server just shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote data storage service, as multiple web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface unexpectedly.

 

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