Cloud Hosting Definition
What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and web hosting terminology. However, only a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale short, we will first let you in on what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Only.
1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any specific web hosting supplier into a real cloud hosting supplier.
The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud designation, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other pieces of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very meager number of hosting corporations can really accomplish it.
2. It Includes Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, web pages, email addresses, etc., aren't we?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing simply remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The email server(s) must be devoted just to the e-mail related services. Performing nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be just one single or perchance a whole pack of electronic mail servers, depending on the total load produced. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous data center facility locations on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting corporation:
If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you perceive a DNS such as the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server merely illustrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote data storage service, as numerous web hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly offer file hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks really quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a couple of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will show up out of nowhere.