Cloud Hosting Definition
What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and web hosting lingo. Yet, only a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale short, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Disk Storage Only.
1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which involves one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any specific web hosting provider into a genuine cloud hosting supplier.
The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely 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 really difficult. A very scanty number of web hosting distributors can truly attain it.
2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving plenty of domain names, online portals, mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying just remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or probably an entire set of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting company will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.
Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting firm:
If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server plainly reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not confined simply to a remote data storage solution, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly 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 back! They are not referred to as such, because they plainly distribute file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's only one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly several new clouds we presently are not familiar with will come up out of the blue.