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What Does Cloud Hosting Represent?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Even so, only a few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage service, which involves one single data storage device for all users, does not turn any specific web hosting company into a real cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to distribute remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the other fractions of the entire hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. A very meager number of service providers can really make it.


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2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domain names, websites, electronic mail aliases, and so on, aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than delivering just remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the email connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be only one single or probably a whole set of e-mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have an authentic cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting vendor will support numerous server farm sites on multiple continents.

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


dns1.lonex.com

dns2.lonex.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds 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, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage service, as lots of hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, since they merely provide file hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered 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, maybe a few brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will spring up unexpectedly.