There are major changes going on behind the scenes at the moment with Project Desert Storm already seeing over 300 NVMe VPS users switch to CentOS 7 nodes, Our Shared Hosting users seeing SSD storage withdrawn in exchange for NVMe storage and of course, the recent cPanel price increases being implemented. Now it’s time to focus on the last part of Project Desert Storm. Our SSD and SATA VPS Users.
Today, we are announcing the withdrawal of all SSD and SATA servers from our VPS network. SSD and SATA storage is pretty much obsolete, SATA storage is slow, SSD storage is faster than SATA but more unreliable and also hard to get in large capacities. As we implement the update to CentOS 7 we will also become an NVMe storage provider only.
Our shared hosting network has now already been migrated to PCIe NVMe storage, it uses no cables, is 30% faster than SSD drives and is more reliable than both SATA and SSD devices. For our VPS users, we are introducing the new Intel Xeon E-2136 CPU, with water-cooling, overclocked DDR-4 Memory and 4 TB of PCIe NVMe storage per node. The E-2136 CPU is brand new for 2019, is more powerful than the E5-2630v3 CPUs that are currently used and the CPUs are clocked faster as standard.
Users who are running KVM VPS servers will not see the service updated until later this year, possibly even next year. This is because we need additional time to test KVM with CentOS 7. Some users are reporting that Windows servers are having issues booting when the host node is using CentOS 7. It’s too much of a risk to be in a position where Windows-based servers might not boot on migration and we will not risk being in that place. We will be migrating all users to NVMe storage but we have no timescales as of yet.
Users who have a large number of additional IPs should be able to keep the current IPs, we are going to be doing live migrations whereas we will convert your servers from OpenVZ 6 to Virtuozzo 7, push the data to a new CentOS 7 node then update the routing on the IP blocks to point to the new node. The total outage should be restricted to a few seconds.
For users who only have a small number of IPs we will need to migrate you to a different CentOS 7 node and issue new IPs, we will be contacting these users first to migrate and this will happen next week.
More information will be provided as and when we have it.