We have officially launched our SSD VPS servers.
For decades, hard disk drives have been used as the main storage devices in the IT field, but with the latest technological advancements, solid state storage has been becoming the next step in performance improvements for both consumer desktop computers and servers alike. Over the past few years, SSDs have become significantly larger in storage size, as well as becoming more affordable, allowing them to be implemented in more complex server configurations.
Our VPS servers were previously all based on high-speed enterprise-grade Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) from Seagate, Toshiba and WD. Even though they provide top-of-the-line read and write speeds and large amounts of storage space, they still rely on mechanically spinning magnetic drives to store data, which creates limits to the harnessed performance, and gives a potential threat of drive failure. The way HDDs store data is by moving an actuator head that magnetizes or demagnetizes the part of the platter (hard disk) that is responsible for the information stored. Here is a visual representation of the process:
Modern technological advancements allow for a faster, more reliable nonvolatile storage solution: solid state drives (SSDs). Unlike traditional spinning drives, they solely rely on transistors and capacitors to store your data. Solid state drives lack moving parts and are not vulnerable to fragmentation, which allows them to have significantly higher performance than their mechanical counterparts. In fact, SSDs are using most of their components’ potential, only limited by the SATA connections they use.
Even though SSDs became available on the market since the mid-90s, only recently has the storage technology been ripe enough to incorporate into enterprise usage. There is still a multitude of challenges that need to be faced when setting up servers based on SSD storage, however the expert networking team at Monovm has been able to overcome said challenges and were able to launch our first servers completely based in solid state drives in 2018. Since then, we were able to launch more SSD VPS servers in New York, USA; Montreal, CAN; Manchester, UK; and Frankfurt, DE.
There is a common misconception on the amount of performance that can be gained when upgrading from a traditional hard drive to solid state storage. Most believe in a 50% to 100% performance increase, however that is simply untrue. To put it into a better perspective, an average HDD will have a throughput of up to 200MB/s, however a modern SSD can have a read speed of up to 3,500MB/s and a write speed of up to 2,100MB/s. This example shows a performance increase of 1,650% in read speeds and 950% in write speeds.
However, the above example is just that, an example. Real life performance is based on many more factors than just read and write speeds. One of such factors is the configuration in which the said SSD are set up. Monovm SSD VPS servers use enterprise-grade high speed SSDs combined with a complex RAID10 setup, allowing for performance of up to 300,000 IOPS (Input/output Operations Per Second). Despite the astronomical performance of our storage solutions, we do not compromise on data redundancy, meaning that the information stored on your VPS is safe in case of any possible server issues.
Still unsure whether to get an SSD VPS? If you desire a virtual server in for hosting purposes, then it is a no-brainer, as Google has stated that the load speed of your webpages greatly affects your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) rankings. Hosting your website on an SSD based server is the easiest solution to reaching the fastest webpage load times possible.
Want to find out more about the differences between HDDs and SSDs? Click here to read the full blog post. (Coming soon)