What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting phraseology. Nevertheless, only a few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story brief, we will firstly tell you what cloud hosting is not.
1. Providing a remote file storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all users, does not convert any given service provider into a real cloud hosting corporation.
The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to distribute remote file storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting solution, driven by a one-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining parts of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of web hosting vendors can actually attain it.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving multiple domain names, online portals, electronic mail addresses, etc., aren't we?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than distributing just remote file storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The mail server(s) have to be devoted only to the mail related services. Doing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one or probably a whole bunch of email servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting services provider will support multiple server farm locations on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting distributor:
If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you see a DNS such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of DNS simply reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), files, and so on).
So, a cloud hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they simply supply file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small fragment of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud 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 foreseeable future, maybe a bunch of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will show up out of the blue.