Yeah, it's a really deceitful marketing term which many companies use to "lure customers". There is no clear definition, either.
At any rate, a company who offers anything "cloud"-based must be able to tell you exactly what it means. And what does it mean, or how do you qualify to use this term? Well, strictly speaking one has to be able to offer redundancy on every level
— which basically translates into 100% uptime. So there is a very real difference, but you have to go with a company that can actually offer this kind of redundancy.
I know a few companies that can do that.
david63 wrote:From what I have read about it "Cloud Hosting" is just a current "buzz phrase" as basically there is no difference to any other type of hosting other that the way that hosts are able to configure your set up - and that is all transparent to the user.
Apparently my hosting account is on the "cloud" but as far as I can see it is just the same as being on the ground