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What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. Still, just a select few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale brief, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one single file storage device for all users, does not convert any specific hosting distributor into a genuine cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting vendors call the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of web hosting firms can actually accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving multiple domains, web portals, email mailboxes, and so on, right?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than offering only remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the email connected services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be only one or perchance a whole collection of e-mail servers, based on the total server load created. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting packages provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS just shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited just to a remote disk storage service, as multiple hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel 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, perhaps a number of new clouds we currently are not aware of will emerge out of the blue.

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