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What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and hosting lingo. Nevertheless, just a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story brief, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which comprises one file storage device for all users, does not convert any given hosting company into a real cloud hosting company.

The cPanel hosting corporations call the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite difficult. Very few hosting vendors can truly attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving many domains, sites, mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than offering solely remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the electronic mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one or probably a whole cluster of mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting firm will support numerous datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting corporation:

If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one below:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS merely shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage service, as multiple hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly supply file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a number of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will surface out of the blue.

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