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What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's computing, Internet and hosting lingo. However, just a select few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale succinct, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given provider into an actual cloud hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms dub the ability to furnish remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting firms can actually attain it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, web pages, mails, and so on, aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for 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. Executing nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be just one or possibly a whole pack of email servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their real number. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the users' 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 company will support multiple server farm facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting corporation:

If such a DNS is offered by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you spot a DNS like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server plainly illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, because they merely supply file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps several brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will come up out of the blue.

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