NameHero NVMe SSD Drives = Blazing Speeds!

At the end of September 2020, NameHero introduced NVMe SSD drives for its Turbo and Business cloud hosting plans. This is a massive upgrade and allows NameHero to utilize the full power of SSD, rather than relying on the older SATA protocols, which were initially designed for spinning disks. This, along with many other features, easily pushes NameHero to the level of a top-tier web host. See my complete NameHero review to find out more.

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NameHero Brings NVMe SSD Drives to Web Hosting

One of the things I like most about NameHero is that they’re constantly trying to improve their service. From their amazing backup systems to their security, they’re always looking for more ways to bring value to customers. And the latest NVMe SSD drives are a further indication of that. Here’s a screenshot of NameHero’s NVMe SSD drives with the Turbo and Business plans:

NameHero NVMe SSD Drives
NameHero NVMe SSD Drives

Ryan had been hinting to me about this change for a while but had asked me to keep mum about it until it was finally implemented. So when I finally saw that NVMe SSDs were a feature of the Turbo and Business plans, I had to write a post about them!

But what’s so special about this anyway?

What are NVMe SSDs?

Before SSD drives, we had spinning HDDs that used to communicate with the computer over something called SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment). SATA III is the latest iteration, and it’s been around for years. So much so, that even non-tech people can recognize it. The protocol used to communicate with SATA was called AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface). So the connection between the computer and the actual HDD drive went something like this:

Computer -> SATA -> AHCI -> HDD

Now as mentioned earlier, SATA with AHCI was designed with spinning disks in mind. When SSDs came, they continued to connect over SATA because it was easiest. Even with the older protocols, SSDs were much, much faster than HDDs. But these connections weren’t maximizing the potential of SSDs. We needed to find a way to make them use the PCIe bus standard.

Connecting an SSD Drive Like a Graphics Card

Computers communicated with HDDs differently from how they connected with other internal components.  For things like graphics cards and Ethernet connections that live inside the computer, we used the PCIe interface. It’s very fast and efficient. But for HDDs, we used SATA instead.

Now the NVMe standard allows us to finally connect SSD drives the way we connect all other internal components. And that’s how the magic happens. So we have the following instead:

Computer -> PCIe -> NVMe -> SSD

You can see that the PCIe interface can communicate with the SSD drive through the NVMe protocol.

Benefits of NVMe Over PCI for SSDs

NVMe SSDs have numerous advantages over the older AHCI protocol used with SATA drives. Here are a few:

  1. Half the latency
  2. 10 times more input/output operations per second
  3. Data transfer for PCIe is 25 times faster

You can imagine the impact this will have on database reliant systems. The single biggest hurdle for a database is input/output speeds. With NVMe SSDs, all your heavy-duty CMS software like WordPress will run like a beast, even without the LiteSpeed caching that NameHero provides. You will be able to run even heavy local backup software like UpdraftPlus much faster than you used to (though of course, you should be using something like DropMySite instead).

Bottom Line: A Huge Boost for NameHero

NameHero’s adoption of NVMe drives for advanced web hosting plans is a massive advantage compared to its competitors. It’s why NameHero is my most recommended host – and this was even before the move to NVMe SSDs!

About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!

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