By Ganna Shargorodska
What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of SSD drives? Light? Thin? Quiet? In the material world, this is important and may be a decisive factor in choosing a laptop, for example. But in cloud computing, do you really consider the weight of the device? Does it matter how much noise a cloud server makes?
However, for cloud computing, there is another aspect to be taken into account - speed!
In computing, the speed of the drive performance translates into latency - the interval between the request and the response, and this is the key. Here SSD rules, as we are talking about hundreds of thousands IOPS as compared to 100-200 IOPS with HDD.
Not only that, but SSDs are generally more reliable due to absence of mechanical moving parts which are the core of HDDs. So, with SSDs there is less risk of corruption or data loss.
The recent survey showed that many of our users were upset that EPAM Cloud does not support SSD storage. This has been true... until recently. In 2016, EPAM Cloud started implementing SSD disks in its datacenters.
In its two new regions, EPAM-BY2 and EPAM-US2, SSD is set as the default storage, so all machines created in these regions have SSD storage. However, there is an option of specifically requesting an SSD or HDD storage if necessary. Use the Maestro CLI to create your virtual machine and add the .SSD or .HDD indicator to the shape name:
So, if you are looking for SSD storages for your virtual infrastructure, welcome to EPAM-BY2 and EPAM-US2. Moreover, these regions have lower billing coefficient as compared to other Cloud regions - 0.8 for EPAM-BY2 and 0.6 for EPAM-US2. So, here EPAM Cloud has beaten the only factor which can make you opt for HDD - the price!
If you need assistance or guidance in this matter or any matter related to hosting infrastructures in EPAM Cloud, do not hesitate to contact the Cloud Consulting Team.