If you’ve already heard about NVMe SSD Hosting before arriving here, congratulations! You’re among a small minority of future-thinking developers who are already looking for the next big thing in web hosting. But even if you haven’t, we’re happy to have you here, as you’re about to wade into some pretty next-generation waters.
Our Semi-Dedicated Hosting customers recently got an email about upcoming hardware upgrades next month. This is all part of service wide hardware upgrades that we are performing across all our hosting lines. In an effort to raise the quality of our Semi-Dedicated Hosting and make it truly our premier line of hosting, we have spared no expense on the new hardware we are bring to our Semi-Dedicated customers.
On the main focuses on our new hardware will be the use of NVMe SSD hard drives. Along with a huge upgrade to all hardware including Intel Xeon Platinum 8260Y scalable processors, 128GB DDR4 ram, a blazing 10 GBPS port, and last but not least, NVMe drives. NVMe drives are the latest in hard drive technology, offering twice the speed of the latest SSD hard drives. In this post we explain in more detail, the technology and benefits of NVMe drives.
What Is NVMe?
NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) is a communication interface developed specially for the Solid State Drives by an alliance of SSD manufacturers. NVMe is a high performance and scalable host controller interface with an efficient register interface and command set designed to access the Solid State Drives attached through the PCIe bus.
In more simple words, NVMe drives are nothing but the SSDs communicating over PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) connector to extend its capabilities.
How Does NVMe Work?
Thanks to PCI Express, the NVMe SSD disk communicates directly to the processor instead of emulating through a controller, very much like with SAS/SATA. Usually regardless if we talk about SSD or traditional SATA disks, the communication always passes through the mentioned above SAS/SATA controller which doesn’t allow the maximum productivity to be retrieved, while with the NVMe technology this is not required.
The new generation of SSD disks has the theoretical capacity to transfer data with a speed of over 6000 MB/s which can’t be reached due to the restrictions set by SAS and SATA protocols. This direct communication gives us the opportunity to provide up to 5 times faster writing and reading speed in comparison to SSD and up to 25 times compared to HDD.
NVMe Compared to SATA
It is important to note that the new generation of SSD drives have the theoretical ability to transfer data at speeds of over 6000 MB / Sec, a speed that can not be reached due to the limitations of SAS and SATA protocols. In turn, HDDs allow you to read and write at a maximum speed of 200MB / sec.
The SATA protocol, which is currently the most common and used for both HDD and SSD drives, allows data to be transferred with 550 MB / sec for reading and 550 MB / sec for writing to the SSD. Compared to it, the NVMe protocol allows overcoming the restrictions that old protocols placed on SSDs and to transfer information with 2500 MB / Sec for reading and 1000 MB / sec for writing. Even bigger are the differences when it comes to IOPS in both the NVMe and SATA protocols
The Final Result…
The introduction of NVMe drives in combination with the latest server technology, top tier bandwidth, and unmatched priority customer support, our Semi-Dedicated Hosting line will set the bar for premium hosting standards.