If you’re looking at web hosting and you want fast web hosting then your eyes are probably starting to glaze over now at the range of options available.
If that’s you then you have my every sympathy. In know it can appear bewildering.
But if you want to understand what’s the fastest web hosting then I will explain it so that you can make an informed decision.
In summary the options are as follows:
- Shared SSD Hosting – Super fast hosting for one website on a lower budget
- SSD VPS – Scalable, high availability hosting that grows as you grow
- SSD Dedicated Server – When you need speed, power and security
We’ll look at each option in turn in a moment. But you may have noticed the term SSD in each option so let’s look at that first.
What Is SSD Hosting?
SSD stands for Solid State Drive and this is the future of data storage. Basically traditional ‘spinning’ hard drives are reaching the end of the line. They are mechanical devices that consist of a spinning data disk platter that stores the data and a data arm to read and write data to the disk.
As they are mechanical devices they have reached the limits in terms of speed. Disk speed is measured in Inputs Outputs Per Second (IOPS) which show how quickly data can be read from or written to the disk.
With SSD drives the IOPS can range from 4,600 to 75,000. That’s a huge difference in speed and that means your website will run really fast.
This is because SSDs are 100% electronic devices. There are no moving parts so they operate at incredible speed. Also they consume about 20% of the power of traditional hard drives and they don’t require as much cooling so their green credentials are pretty impressive.
They’re also ultra reliable. They have an estimated Mean Time Between Failure of 2 million hours, versus 1.2 million hours for SAS drives and 700,000 hours for SATA drives.
What’s not to like?
The only fly in the ointment is that SSDs are more expensive to buy. Web hosts generally have thousands of hard drives and they’re not going to switch overnight.
Also SSDs generally tend to have lower capacities than traditional drives – on average 300GB to 400GB vs 1TB to 3TB for SATA drives. That means that the expensive datacentre space is not as efficiently used as with older drives.
All of these factors tend to push up the cost of SSD hosting, but if you want speed then it’s a smart choice as we shall now see.
Why Is Fast Web Hosting Important?
Having a fast website is important for 3 reasons.
Firstly, customers like fast websites. How often have you sat there waiting for a website to load and then hit the back button? It’s a fact – slow websites annoy people and don’t get such good results as fast ones.
Secondly, faster websites get better conversions. If your website zips along then people prefer that and they’re more likely to complete a transaction or ask for more information.
Thirdly, Google prefers faster websites. In act they’ve come clean and admitted that speed is a factor in their ranking algorithm.
Now there are loads of ways to speed up your website but probably the cheapest and quickest is just to switch to SSD hosting. So let’s quickly run through the options.
Shared SSD Hosting
If you’re on a tight budget but you want the benefits of SSD and you want to host one or two sites then Shared SSD Hosting is an excellent option for you.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. A VPS is when one or more physical servers are split into several logical or ‘Virtual’ servers to make full use of the capacity of the server.
This is crucial if you have a website that demands power because of the applications you’re running or the traffic you’re getting.
Also with our SSD VPS they are hosted in our high availability cloud. This means that the data is stored across several physical servers which dramatically reduces the possibility of downtime caused by hardware failure. Even in the unlikely event that an entire server just stops working there is no risk to your data because the data is replicated across several servers.
Another important difference between a VPS with a Dedicated Server is that VPS are very scalable. If you want to add 64GB RAM or an extra 8 Cores of CPU then that can be upgraded instantly whereas with a Dedicated Server that requires a manual intervention and often a complete physical upgrade to a new server.
Of course, an SSD VPS is a more expensive solution and you would need to be able to administer a server or pay an extra server management fee but it offers exceptional value for money for websites that demand the highest levels of performance.
SSD Dedicated Server
An SSD Dedicated Server is similar in power terms to a VPS and is suited if you want belt and braces security knowing that the hardware is exclusively yours with no sharing of any components.
With a Dedicated server you will get more disk space and CPU and Ram per £ than with a VPS but you need to start from a larger requirement so you don’t have the opportunity to scale upwards (or downwards) as you do with a VPS.
But if you are looking for the maximum power and security then an SSD Dedicated Server is a great choice.
Website Speed is important and one of the major factors is the choice of web hosting. The best performing hosting is based on SSD storage.
SSD is the future of data storage. 100% electronic and with no moving parts, SSDs operate hundreds of times faster than traditional ‘spinning’ hard drives.
The entry level option is Shared SSD hosting and is ideal for single websites that want to future proof themselves.
If power and scalability at a reasonable cost are your priorities then an SSD VPS is the best choice.
Finally an SSD Dedicated Server offers a compelling case for high performance and physical security.