Siteground Announces Major Server Upgrades + SSD Hosting

siteground shared hosting upgradesSiteground have recently announced that they will undertake major upgrades to their Shared Hosting Service.  The upgrades have already started, and are expected to take between 3 and 4 months to complete.  The upgrades will implement modern Linux Containers as well as SSD Hosting on all plans.

Siteground in the last couple of years have significantly focused their efforts on adapting to the latest technologies (as well as other things).  Not only have they updated their Supercacher to use Nginx + Memcache (previously Varnish + Memcache) to be more compatible with SSL, but they have also made available PHP 7 + Opcache (in Beta, so test thoroughly before using on your Production website).  This doesn’t even get on to the technology available with their Cloud Hosting plans (HVVM!).  Plus for good measure, you can see some benchmarks for how much faster PHP 7 and HHVM is here.

Couple this with their recent announcement to use Linux Containers plus SSD for both storage and databases on all plans (previously only their GoGeek plan used SSD for databases) we do not think you will find a faster shared hosting provider.

For those worrying about disruption during the server upgrades, you need not worry.  Unlike other providers SiteGround has one of the best records when it comes to reliability.  You only have to read our account of their recent data center upgrade to see how serious they take keeping your websites online.

Anyway, lets take a close look at the latest upgrades:

New Linux Containers

You may be more familiar with Linux Containers in the VPS or Cloud Hosting environment.  Indeed back in January this year Siteground moved their VPS hosting to the Linux Containers with their new Cloud Plans.  Using Linux containers for their shared hosting is a big step forward and has some considerable benefits.

Firstly, rather than have the resources of a single dedicated server split among multiple accounts with each account being limited, Linux containers allow a pool of separate dedicated servers with more efficient distribution of those resources.  This has the following benefits:

Performance improvements

Because there is a bigger pool of resources at Siteground’s disposal, each account is able to exploit more burstable resources on demand during sudden traffic spikes.  Siteground state that each server will provide:

  • 2 times more CPU power
  • 2 times more Memory resources

The following benchmark gives an indication of the CPU performance improvement:

CPU benchmark

Rebootless Vertical Scalability

Management of the servers will be easier, and thus result in reduced downtime during basic maintenance.  In addition, simple tasks such as adding more RAM, CPU or storage can all be done without a reboot.

Faster Provisioning of Spare Servers

Usually when a server fails, a new server has to be set up and the restoration of data needs to take place on it.  This can be time consuming, especially when using RAID.  By using Linux Containers the data can be “replicated” more easily, and much faster.

ALL Drives Are SSD

As we mentioned previously, SSD was only used for databases on their GoGeek plan.  With the upgrades, SSD’s are now used for both storage and databases on ALL plans.

  • 2xE5-2690v3 CPUs (24 cores)
  • 256GB RAM
  • 12x960GB SSDs in RAID10

This should give the following improvements:

  • More than 4 x IOPS increase
  • More than 2 times read speed increase
  • More than 1.5 times write speed increase

Siteground carried out some benchmarks showing the benefits of using SSD’s over SATA drives:

Storage Read/write IOPS Comparison

storage read write IOPS comparison

Storage Sequential Read Speed Comparison

Storage sequential read comparison

Storage Sequential Write Speed Comparison

storage sequential write comparison

In-house Backup System

With the new servers Siteground are changing their backup system from R1Soft to their own custom built solution.  Whereas R1Soft takes a snapshot of the whole server as one chunk, Siteground’s system allows them to distribute the restore across multiple servers simultaneously.  This significantly reduces the restoration time.

Couple this with Infiniband (extremely fast networking solution) then you have an extremely fast backup \ restoration system.

Timescale for Migration to the New Platform

If you are an existing customer, the migration to the new platform may take 3-4 months.  New customers will be placed directly on the new platform.

When the migration takes place no IP or DNS changes will be required, and the whole migration will be seamless.  The only downtime will be a 1 or 2 minute period when the switch actually happens and this will take place during the quietest periods.  Notification will be sent in advance to advise when the migration for your particular server will take place.

Find out more about Siteground and grab 60% off

The best way to find out more about Siteground is to read some of the hundreds of reviews left by our readers here.  In addition, we have negotiated a special discount for our readers giving 60% off your first invoice which you can find here.

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