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What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story succinct, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which involves one file storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular hosting company into a genuine cloud hosting packages provider.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to provide remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The remaining services entailed in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. Very few hosting vendors can truly attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving a lot of domain names, web sites, mailboxes, and so on, are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than distributing merely remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the mail associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or perchance a whole group of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting packages provider will support numerous datacenter facility sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud hosting distributor:



If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting solutions provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you see a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS plainly manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote data storage solution, as many hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, since they simply furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one small part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, perhaps a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up out of nowhere.

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