I know it’s been a while since our last post. However, we have been taking the time to upgrade infrastructure. As of this post (August 24, 2014) we only have 2 X3400 INTEL nodes left with traditional storage. The rest of our VPS nodes are now upgraded to Intel E3 CPU bases and over 50% of those have SSD storage.
To give an example for what you will expect in disk I/O compared to the traditional storage:
~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.78268 s, 386 MB/s
Typical sequential writes on RAID 10 SATA is around 80-100 MB/s. So most of our customers are already experiencing a 3x improvement on disk speeds.
We hope to eventually get our nodes up to exclusively SSD storage by the end of 2014 and early 2015. When that happens, we will be waiving the extra fee to be on an SSD node.
When you buy a new VPS with us, there is currently a 70/30 chance that you will be placed on an SSD node at no additional cost, however, until we are fully on SSD storage we cannot guarantee you will be placed on an SSD node unless the $2.50 /m addon is checked when you place your order.