NVME Web Hosting – The Rundown
Harddrives have progressed over time with technological advancements. Hard disk drives (HDD) were invented in the ’50s and began making their way into home PCs in the ’60s.
HDD still exists for numerous applications. It’s generally the cheapest form of storage space and a single HDD can hold up to 16TB or possibly more. Many companies rely on hard disk drives if they want to store a lot of data, that does not have to be accessed as often. For example, archiving. HDDs tend to have a shorter life span, especially when consistently in use.
Solid-State Drives arrived on the market in the ’90s, touting 14x greater speed in accordance to bandwidth, and no fragmentation penalty for writing and rewriting file sectors. Price per GB of storage for SSD is a bit higher than HDD. SSD makes more sense for constant reading/writing in operations such as website hosting.
In 2012, the newest improvement to the SSD was introduced: NVMe. Usually implemented as a PCIe bus, NVMe technology allows full parallelism of SSD PCIe. This produces read/right throughput far higher than SATA SSD & HDDs: about 6x higher! NVMe drives also have 4x faster Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPs). NVMe drives communicate directly with the system CPU and works with all major operating systems natively.
In lay mans terms, this translates to at least 4x faster servers. For a customer of Unlimited Web Space, it means 4x faster loading websites compared to competitors GoDaddy, Hostinger, and all others.