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What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's computing, Internet and hosting lingo. Yet, just a select few really are informed about what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will first inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any specific service provider into an actual cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting companies name the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for personal 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 web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very meager number of web hosting firms can really do it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, websites, electronic mail addresses, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering solely remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) must be dedicated just to the electronic mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be only one single or possibly a whole bunch of e-mail servers, depending on the overall server load created. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting supplier will support multiple data center locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting company:


dns1.icodehosting.com

dns2.icodehosting.com


If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you see a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly demonstrates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine handles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined exclusively to a remote file storage service, as lots of web hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, as they simply offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably several brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will come up out of nowhere.

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