Canadian Web Hosting announced on Tuesday its expansion of SSD (Solid State Drive) cloud servers. SSD has been considered too pricey for use in servers in the past. As technology has evolved the viability of using SSD in racks is much higher.
The service is available in Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON from a 100 percent Canadian owned and operated company. The new servers include new pricing, higher performance and more fixed resources. Even greater speed is available with super-fast SSDs from Intel. The servers support Windows and Linux and offer high performance hosting for applications, sites, databases and indexing. Integrated tools include DNS Manager, backup snapshots, 1-click installs.
The servers meet all Canadian privacy and regulatory requirements for data and are SSAE 16 compliant. Customers receive free access to planning and migration services.
SSD is generally still more expensive that HDD. However, there are some benefits to using SSD, mainly speed. The disk uses emerging PCM (phase change memory) technology that makes data bits available much more quickly than NAND flash can. NAND takes about 70 microseconds to respond to a data request where PCM can do the same in 1 microsecond.
User benefits related to speed on a SSD are data retrieval with almost no latency, faster rebooting and faster file transfer.A Computerworld 2012 article by Lucas Mearian indicates SDD has been improving in speed and price from 2009 to 2012, a trend that is continuing.
It will be a few years before the technology becomes reasonably priced enough to use in all servers. However, that time may be closer than you think. Costs for SDD over the three year period Mearian assessed, costs dropped more than 60 percent.
“Our customers have continually asked us for more performance and plans that are competitive with other non-Canadian providers. Every SSD Cloud Server plan delivers the highest performance available and supports even the most demanding cloud applications without compromising performance,” Matt McKinney, Director at Canadian Web Hosting said. “We have also looked at the geographical requirements of our customers and have expanded our availability zones for our SSD Cloud Servers to now include Toronto. Our best-in-class cloud hosting exceeds industry benchmarks and exceeds other SSD Cloud server providers with lower price point and more guaranteed resources.”