The Essence of Cloud Hosting

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word ‘cloud’ appears to be quite trendy in today’s information technology, Internet and hosting lingo. Yet, just a few really can tell what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story concise, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one disk storage appliance for all clients, does not transform any particular provider into a genuine cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting suppliers dub the ability to furnish remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but… we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There’s invariably one “but”, isn’t there? It’s not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a “cloud web hosting” service. That’s because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way – this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and “clouded”. And that’s extremely hard. A very small number of hosting vendors can really achieve it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domains, online portals, mailboxes, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a “cloud web hosting” one demands a lot more than furnishing merely remote data storage mounts (or perchance servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated only to the mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these specific tasks. There might be just one or maybe an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients’ Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting company will support multiple datacenter locations on multiple continents.

Here’s an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting company:

If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting distributor, it’s not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn’t any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server only indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it’s cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel’s case, a single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage – The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined solely to a remote disk storage solution, as plenty of web hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it’s simply one tiny component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There’s plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and… in the near future, maybe a couple of brand new clouds we currently don’t know about will turn up out of nowhere.

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