What Exactly is Cloud Hosting?

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting phraseology. Nevertheless, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story short, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which involves one single disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any particular web hosting service provider into a real cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting corporations dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of web hosting firms can really do it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving countless domain names, sites, e-mail addresses, and so on, are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than delivering solely remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted solely to the mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one or perhaps an entire pack of email servers, depending on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the users' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting provider will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting packages provider:



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be confident when you spot a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly manifests that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as many hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one tiny constituent of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered 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 e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a bunch of new clouds we currently are not familiar with will spring up out of the blue.