Cloud Hosting Definition
What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and hosting jargon. Nevertheless, only a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story concise, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Solely.
1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any given hosting supplier into a genuine cloud hosting vendor.
The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very scanty number of hosting distributors can really achieve it.
2. It Encompasses Domains, Emails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.
Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote data storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving lots of domain names, websites, mail accounts, and so on, right?
To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than offering merely remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the electronic mail linked services. Performing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one or maybe a whole set of e-mail servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting vendor will support numerous server farm locations on different continents.
Here's an instance of a DNS of a true cloud hosting services provider:
If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you see a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS plainly demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not confined only to a remote data storage service, as many web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a bunch of new clouds we currently are not familiar with will surface out of nowhere.