Updated Plans with NVMe Storage (and why that matters!)
DP Hosting has now been in operation for no lie about 8 years now. And a lot has changed in those last 8 years. For one thing, the cost of a web hosting control panel has gone way up (but that’s a conversation for another day!). Thankfully, the cost of technology tends to trend down, so we’re able to keep costs relatively the same, while absorbing this weird market increase. And even with that said, we’re upgrading all existing clients and offering all new clients NVMe storage,
Okay, no other technology nerds are around to appreciate this. That’s okay, here’s…
The Quick Reason Why This Matters
NVMe will make things go faster. Faster performance inside the system equals faster performance to the visitors of your site. And a faster website is more likely to generate the traffic and engagement you want.
But for all of you that want more details, here’s
The Longer Explanation Why This Matters
Solid state drives (SSDs) are fast, lighting fast compared to their old spinning disk counterparts. Upgrading to those really had a significant impact industry wide. The transition to NVMe is just as important (if not more so) as it moves away from the next great bottleneck, the connection between the drive and the rest of the system. The previous standard SSDs used something called SATA to connect the drives to the system. In addition to being the physical wire and connector, it communicated through it’s own SATA interface on the system board, which was originally designed for spinning hard drives, and had to be revised to make it acceptable for solid state drives, or SSDs. But even with these improvements, there were still resource and speed limitations.
Enter NVMe, or Non-Volatile Memory Express. Great name, right? It actually tells the whole story, “Non-Volatile Memory” is what makes up our hard drives today, so this is a technology for our current generation of data storage. It’s not being adapted to work with our flash storage technology. So right there, we have a big plus. And the “Express” word is indicating that this interface is connecting to the system’s PCIe or “PCI Express” interface. That means that instead of the maximum throughput of the interface being 600MB/s, it’s instead a theoretical 64,000MB/s. Theoretical. Today NVMe links top out at around 8GB/s, which is still wildly faster than their SATA predecessor.
Again, this all translates to: faster performance inside the system means faster loading websites to your website’s visitors. When you make the speed of your website no longer a barrier to using it, traffic and engagement will increase.