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What Does Cloud Hosting Stand for?

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  • Unlimited Data Storage
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • 1 Domain Hosted
  • 100 Email Accounts

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' seems to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Even so, just a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale succinct, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which comprises one data storage device for all customers, does not transform any particular web hosting firm into a real cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting distributors call the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. Very few hosting service providers can truly make it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, web portals, e-mailboxes, and so on, aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying solely remote disk storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) need to be devoted only to the e-mail connected services. Performing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or perchance an entire stack of mail servers, depending on the total load created. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous server farm facility sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud hosting packages provider:


dns1.webpage4all.com

dns2.webpage4all.com


If such a DNS is furnished by your hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS only exhibits that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as many web hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they simply supply file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a couple of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will show up out of nowhere.

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