What is cloud hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. Nonetheless, only a select few really can say what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story brief, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.
1. Supplying a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not turn any given web hosting firm into an authentic cloud hosting supplier.
The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very meager number of hosting vendors can truly accomplish it.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, sites, electronic mail addresses, etc., are we not?
To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying merely remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing different than these particular assignments. There might be just one single or possibly a whole collection of email servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting firm will support numerous server farm facility sites on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud hosting supplier:
If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you perceive a DNS like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS plainly shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).
So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a few new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will emerge out of nowhere.