DreamHost Brings SSD to Shared Hosting Plans

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DreamHost has announced that solid state drives (SSD) are available to provide better speed and performance for its shared hosting customers, as of Wednesday. Speed differences over legacy SATA drives will be easily seen by DreamHost’s WordPress customers, the company says.

The speed of DreamHost’s Virtual Private Servers rose by up to 200 percent, prompting “insanely favorable feedback,” after it added SSDs to the service two months ago.

“We want our customers’ websites to be successful,” said Kathy Brahm, DreamHost’s VP of Shared Hosting. “Accelerating their sites’ performance with SSDs was the quickest, best way to do that.”

The price of the service will remain $8.95 monthly for unlimited storage and bandwidth.

Media Temple announced an expansion of its managed WordPress hosting service with SSD storage in February.

The SSD adoption trend has continued as declining prices have made it economical for them to be used in servers, as for instance GreenGeeks began offering in July, and Canadian Web Hosting began offering in August. The demand created by this gradual sweep across the industry lead Samsung to acquire server-side caching software maker Proximal Data in November.

As one of the web’s longest-standing hosting companies, DreamHost is adapting to industry trends with the gradual adoption of SSD, as well as continuing OpenStack development.

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