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Web Host LiquidWeb Says SSD Adds Performance, Efficiency to Dedicated Servers

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Web hosting provider LiquidWeb announced on Tuesday that it has added solid state drives to its Smart Servers line of products, publishing research showing I/O speeds for the virtualized servers that “significantly outperform market standards.”

Smart Servers are a LiquidWeb product line that the company says pack a lot of cloud features into a dedicated (or VPS) machine. LiquidWeb says the Smart Servers with SSD offer I/O rates and access times that are impossible to achieve with disk-based systems, enabling faster loading times and database queries than “any other hosting product in the market.”

Earlier this month, LiquidWeb added solid state drives to its Storm on Demand cloud hosting service, offering the high-performance StormSSD line. At the time it published similar performance metrics around the Storm SSD product.

The arrival of the Smart SSD server ought to serve as a pretty strong indicator that the hosting company is seeing a demand for hosting products built around SSD. Other hosting providers might consider it an indicator that hard drive performance is an in-demand feature for both dedicated and virtual servers.

LiquidWeb isn’t the only hosting company turning to SSD for drive performance in its hosting offerings and otherwise. In June of last year, FireHost added SSD storage to its secure cloud hosting services.

On its blog, LiquidWeb published the results of a performance test of the Smart SSD system versus one of its own Smart VPS systems, and an Amazon EC2 instance. It’s certainly not the objective third-party study you might demand, but the results are pretty impressive.

In the press release announcing the update, LiquidWeb says the Smart SSD configuration will operate at a low server load, which could enable more of a given server’s processing power to be used by eliminating bottlenecks.

The company says the servers meet the very specific high-performance needs of some of its customers.

“We host a number of users operating High Performance web applications, large databases and indexes, as well as environments in which data is subject to frequent access and requires power and flexibility,” says Liquid Web Founder and CEO, Matthew Hill, quoted in the announcement. “After our test uncovered the type of unprecedented performance we were expecting, I’m proud to report that Smart SSD is exactly what they’ve been waiting for.”

Talk back: Is I/O performance important to customers of your services, either virtual or dedicated? Do you think SSD storage is something your customers would find attractive. Does the apparent success of LiquidWeb’s product change or confirm your opinion? Let us know in the comments section.

About the Author

Liam Eagle has worked as a contributor to the Web Host Industry Review since its inception in 2000, and as editor since 2003. He has been editor of the WHIR's print magazine since its launch. His daily involvement in the gathering and reporting of Web hosting news and his regular interaction with Web hosting leaders gives him an uncommonly broad appreciation of the issues and tends facing the business. Through his WHIR blog, Liam spots Web hosting trends and offers opinions on the industry-wide impacts of major developments and the motivation behind big announcements. Follow him on Twitter @liameagle

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