In various places on the UltaHost website or the UltaHost blog, you can find information about Hosting SSD NVMe. Not everyone is a hardware expert and knows what it means, though. In this article, we want to explain what NVMe SSDs are, how they differ from other existing technologies, and what they mean for hosting.
What is hosting?
The hosting service consists in making server resources available to clients. It excludes the need to maintain your private server so you can focus on achieving your goals without dealing with the technical side of web hosting.
Hosting servers are nothing more than computers, they need a motherboard, RAM, processor, and hard disk. Today we will focus on the last element: the hard disk.
Types of hard drives
All files, applications, software, and the operating system are saved on the hard drive. A hosting server can operate based on various data recording technologies. We can divide all these technologies into two types: HDD and SSD. They differ significantly, and these discrepancies are directly related to the capabilities of their servers’ disks.
The most popular type of disk for many years has been HDD, which means “hard disk drive”. HDD disks record data on rotating magnetic platters with a diameter of 2.5 or 3.5 inches. The most distinctive feature is its immense capacity reaching up to 14TB.
The SSD drive, in turn, doesn’t use any moving parts, it works like flash memory. Hence its name: solid-state disc. SSD drives, compared to HDDs, are much more durable and resistant to mechanical damage and temperature. In the case of HDD, a fall or shock may damage the memory.
The lack of moving parts affects not only the durability of the drive. SSD drives are much quieter than HDDs, generate less energy, and are much faster.
Hosting SSD vs Hosting HDD
SSD Hosting and HDD Hosting are the names of hosting services that use a given type of memory. So, SSD hosting uses servers with SSD disks, and HDD Hosting uses servers with HDD disks.
Here you can find the comparison of SSD Hosting and HDD Hosting. We have prepared a list of some of their most important features:
- Failure rate – according to hardware tests, for a traditional hard drive it is 3.5%, while for an SSD it is only 0.5%. Although the theoretical difference is not impressive, look at it this way: you will need 7 HDD drives for one SSD. It is especially important for server rooms or hosting.
- Boot time – SSDs are ready to go in about 10-13 seconds, while HDDs take 30 to 40 seconds.
- Response time – accessing the database stored on SSD disks takes an average of 35-100 microseconds, HDD disks need 5,000 to 10,000 microseconds. The result is clear, SSD is about 10 times faster in this aspect.
- Capacity – hard drives win here; you can easily find a hard drive bigger than 1 TB. An SSD for personal use generally does not exceed 300 GB.
- Write/read speed – in HDDs, the read speed depends on the physical position of its moving parts at a given moment (the closer the data is to the head, the faster it will be read). In addition, HDDs save data fragments in different parts of the platter, which over time significantly reduces performance and forces regular defragmentation. On the other hand, all files on SSD disks are equally accessible and their reading/writing can be up to 300% faster.
- Database Integrity – With heavy use, the moving parts of hard drives will wear out after approximately 3 years, causing problems with the magnetic system and may compromise file integrity. SSDs do not have this problem. The data stored can remain consistent for up to 200 years.
- Power consumption – a single SSD drive consumes about 2W of energy under the highest load, while one HDD requires an average of 6 to 7W. For this reason, solid-state drives are a much more environmentally friendly solution.
So, which hosting type should I choose?
So when should you choose a particular type of hosting? Hosting based on traditional hard drives is an acceptable choice when you store rarely modified data. Examples are extensive databases, large graphic files, or raw videos. This type of hosting can also handle corporate e-mail with a large number of accounts.
But as often as not you require high-performance hosting. Hosting your website requires frequent access to the data, so you should choose SSD hosting in this case. It is especially crucial for websites with loads of dynamically generated content, online stores, or people who need cache servers.
Advantages and disadvantages of hosting SSD
As you can deduce, SSD hosting has its advantages, but also some disadvantages to keep in mind.
Advantages of hosting SSD
- Rapid (almost instant) access to stored databases of 0.1 ms;
- No delays in loading websites;
- The short loading time of even the most complex website;
- Possibility of carrying out many operations (data recording, reading simultaneously);
- Simultaneous management of many administrative and computational processes;
- High performance, regardless of the server load.
Disadvantages of hosting SSD
- Lower capacity compared to HDD drives;
- Difficult file recovery in the event of a failure;
- The higher price of hosting services.
The newest hard drive technology – SSD NVMe
The first SSDs were relatively slow and took up a lot of space. It quickly became clear that SATA does not allow the use of all the capabilities of SSDs. Therefore, it has been replaced by technology with much higher capacity.
The NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocol was developed in 2011 by a consortium of Intel, Samsung, Sandisk, Dell, and Seagate. NVMe works over the PCI Express bus, which allows you to take advantage of the speed of flash memory.
It allows you to move more data, process it more quickly, and start tasks faster. NVMe also ensures interoperability and full compatibility with various client and corporate systems. Apps open in a flash and files load and save in no time.
NVMe supports speeds up to six times faster than SATA-based SSDs and ten times faster than HDDs, which is most noticeable when reading and writing large files. It takes a shorter time to copy data and unpack files, and programs run with higher efficiency. A clear difference can be seen in the speed of installing programs: SSD NVMe disk can install the program up to 4 minutes faster than SSD SATA.
NVMe SSDs are currently the fastest hard drives in the world.
Should I upgrade to hosting SSD NVMe?
Most of the time, the answer is obvious: definitely yes! If you need more than static storage, you should look for a hosting provider that uses SSD NVMe.
Avoid providers who use HDDs. This is outdated equipment. If the provider has not replaced it yet, other components may also be outdated. It makes your website vulnerable to attacks. Security is the most important aspect of hosting you should consider.
Hosting providers using SSDs with a SATA bus are already a better option. However, the difference between a SATA SSD and an NVMe SSD is colossal. If your website is more than a simple WordPress blog, you’ll need to choose a vendor that only uses NVMe disks.
UltaHost understands this from the very beginning. The latest and highest quality hardware allows us to offer secure, fast, and high-performance hosting. That is why UltaHost uses only NVMe SSD disks in each type of its hosting.
SSD NVMe hosting prices
Until a few years ago, SSD servers were very expensive, so not everyone could afford hosting based on them. Nowadays, the prices of this service are becoming more user-friendly.
For example, the basic package of UltaHost’s shared hosting offers 15 GB of disk space and unlimited bandwidth and costs $3,29 per month ($37 annually).
VPS Business Plan to power a successful website online with 50 GB of capacity, 2 CPU Core, and 2 GB RAM costs $9,50 per month ($95,50 annually).
The most powerful dedicated plans offer even 8 TB of space on SSD NVMe disks!
Choosing the hosting provider with SSD NVMe drives gives you the comfort and quality of business.
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