What is Cloud Hosting?
What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Still, just a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long tale concise, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.
1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which comprises one data storage device for all clients, does not turn any particular hosting company into a real cloud hosting provider.
The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very difficult. Very few hosting corporations can actually make it.
2. It Includes Domains, E-mail Addresses, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web portals, emails, etc., are we not?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing solely remote data storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be only one or perchance an entire array of e-mail servers, based on the total load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting distributor will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.
Here's an instance of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting solutions provider:
If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of DNS only indicates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one single server deals with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted only to a remote file storage service, as plenty of hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks really quite simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will emerge out of the blue.
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||500 MB storage||1000 MB storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||10000 MB bandwidth||200 GB bandwidth|
|5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||1 website hosted||2 websites hosted|
|$3.75 / month||$7.75 / month||$10.00 / month||$4.58 / month||$4.83 / month|