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What is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, only a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which involves one file storage tool for all customers, does not convert any specific hosting service provider into an authentic cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting suppliers name the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining constituents of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. Very few web hosting corporations can actually accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, web portals, e-mail addresses, etc., aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than delivering just remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the electronic mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire collection of email servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting distributor will support multiple datacenter sites on different continents.

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


dns1.hostiser.com

dns2.hostiser.com


If such a DNS is provided by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you spot a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site 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 solution, as many hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply offer file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one simple part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will surface unexpectedly.