What is a SSD anyway?

bigscoots guarantee Typical hard drives that have been around for years which are commonly used in cheaper hosting environments use actuating and spinning components to read from and write to storage. Even with these disks moving at up to 15,000 rotations per minute in enterprise environments, the continuous physical movement day-in and day-out will always result in gradual degradation of the drive components leading to poor performance and a much higher chance of failure over time.

With the recent introduction of Solid State Drives (SSDs), all the moving components have been removed and replaced with a solid block of storage. While more costly, these drives will perform at many orders of magnitude faster than the dated spinning drives you are used to. IOPs is a measurement of disk performance, your regular spinning drives will typically run at ~150 IOPs whereas our enterprise grade Solid State Drives will clock out around a blazing 150,000 IOPs.

Pure SSD or SSD Accelerated?

At BigScoots we don’t believe in a “one size fits all” attitude and charging an arm and a leg to move outside of that box. This is exactly why we give you a choice between Pure SSD and SSD Accelerated hosting environments.

Services with Pure SSD Storage can deliver extremely high random as well as sequential reads and writes offering ultra-high disk performance. This means that whether you are running a basic Wordpress website, a high stress database or application, enjoy a very large number of concurrent visitors on a regular basis, or anything in between, a Pure SSD service will always provide a performance increase. With the much higher hardware cost, you will receive better performance but at the cost of less storage.

Services with SSD Accelerated Storage provide far higher than average disk performance when compared against our competitors with the added benefit of maintaining the disk capacity of traditional drives. Standard workloads such as small traffic websites, production webservers or mid-traffic database driven sites that require higher storage than our Pure SSD solutions offer are ideal candidates.

SSD Acceleration works by having an SSD array, otherwise known as flash cache in front of your traditional hard drives accelerating all incoming reads and writes. It dynamically keeps the hottest (most accessed) data stored on the SSD array so you can be sure that your most critical parts of your website or application are always moving at near-SSD speeds. While significantly faster than non-SSD accelerated hosting environments, there is still a performance decrease from our Pure SSD solutions – you are sacrificing performance for more storage.

Which is right for me?

Ultimately both Pure SSD and SSD Accelerated solutions serve their purpose in the hosting world but only your specific needs will dictate the better choice for you. While BigScoots does deploy the best equipment on the best network, what really sets us apart is the serious management and attention to detail we give to every single client that comes through our doors. If you are unsure which plan is going to serve you the best, we’re here to help and just a moment away, just as we always will be.

Pure SSD vs. SSD Accelerated

Pure SSD Storage


Services with Pure SSD Storage can deliver extremely high random as well as sequential reads and writes offering ultra-high disk performance. This means that whether you are running a basic Wordpress website, a high stress database or application, enjoy a very large number of concurrent visitors on a regular basis, or anything in between, big or small, a Pure SSD service will increase its performance.

Our Pure SSD servers have at least 128GB RAM and 32 CPU cores utilizing only the latest enterprise grade, highly redundant equipment. The SSD drives themselves yield upwards of 150,000 IOPS each and are configured in a redundant hardware RAID10 cached environment. With the much higher hardware cost, you sacrifice capacity for performance.



SSD Accelerated Storage


Services with SSD Accelerated Storage provide far higher than average disk performance with the added benefit of maintaining the disk capacity of traditional drives. Standard workloads such as small traffic websites, production webservers or mid-traffic database driven sites that require higher storage than our Pure SSD solutions offer are ideal candidates.

Our SSD Accelerated services are built using the latest LSI CacheCade technology[!]. CacheCade works by having a SSD array, otherwise known as flash cache in front of the primary disk array thereby accelerating all incoming reads and writes. It dynamically keeps the hottest (most accessed) data stored on the SSD array so you can be sure that your most critical parts of your website or application are always moving at near-SSD speeds. While significantly faster than non-SSD accelerated hosting environments, there is still a performance decrease from our Pure SSD solutions – you are sacrificing performance for added storage.

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