What are SSD’s and Why do I want them on my website?

SSD, or Solid State Drives aren’t new technology but they are becoming more common place in the market, and it’s not surprising why. First of all, let me tell you what all the guff is and it might help you understand why they are so important!

SSD is a fully static device, there’s not a single moving part within the drive. Think of them as bigger versions of SD Cards, they are also known by the name flash, it’s a type of memory that allows you to read and write many times. This technology has been around since the 80’s but it’s never been very good at frequent read and writes, so often its system items such as the BIOS on your PC, however as the years have passed we’ve moved this technology from KB’s in storage to TB’s… (btw 1073741824kb is equal to a TB, or 1000MB so that’s a massive improvement).

So why aren’t we all using SSD?

SSD’s are great but they are expensive and hence a lot of companies choose to use traditional SATA drives with spinning disks, these works similar to record players! (Yes, record players as in the big spinning disk and a head) In fact that technology hasn’t fundamentally changed in decades.

The record player read groves on the black disc, indents and flat (on and off, or 1 and 0 in computer teams), these combined to create music. CD’s do the same thing, but the head is a laser meaning the grooves are even smaller, SATA drives or SAS drives are no different… information is written as on or off across the grooves. When a computer needs to find a file, the drives spin up and the head moves the part of the spindles where the information is, and reads it from the drive.

You’re limited by the speed the drive spins, do if you see SATA 5400 1TB drives, that means you have 1TB of storage space and the drive spins at 5400 revolutions a second (think of your RPM on a car, its no different), so if you have SATA 7200 1TB drives, you have the same space but you’ll be able to read and write it faster.

With SAS drives you can buy Hard Drives that can spin up to 15000 rpm, which is impressive but still can’t match SSD drives, everything is measured by Read/Write times, so as I write this on my trusty laptop I can tell you that the read/write I’m getting from my 1TB 5400 SATA drive is 106MB/s (Megabytes per second), while the SSD I have in my other machine is getting 446MB/s

These are only home drives, imagine what server drives can do and how that affects the loading time of your website… at maximum potential you can have your website loading 4 times faster!

Does your hosting us SSD? We do, find out more and talk to us at https://solblu.uk

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Web Agencies: How to Get More Value From Your Web Host

Web Agencies: How to Get More Value From Your Web Host

Managing a web agency involves keeping a lot of separate trains running on time without any of them colliding. Revenue, clients, staff, freelancers, sales, marketing, and everything within its own project timescale. Nothing about running a web design or development agency is easy.

Web hosting is often an afterthought. Even when an agency has been receiving mediocre service, agencies usually stick to who they know and put up with it. We know this is far from ideal, especially when agencies are only passing on the cost and not making a profit from the web host relationship.

Collaborative relationships are more useful for everyone. Your agency should profit from the relationship. Customers – those whose sites you’ve created – should get a better service. Ideally, your web host should play an active role in ensuring customer websites are secure and operating at peak performance.

So for anyone getting tired of their current web host, or wanting to give customers more, here are a few ways you can improve your web host relationship.

Get More From Your Web Host

#1: Get feedback: Are you, your team and customers happy with the current arrangement?

Take everything into consideration. Cost, client website performance (uptime, speed, security), previous customer service/support interactions and whether you honestly feel as if you are getting good value for money.

#2: Does your web host empower your agency and customers?

Web hosts and IT partners should empower customers. When a client has a website, we can either assume they have a certain level of technical knowledge and proficiency, or they’re something of a technophobe, but want to learn. Either way, knowledge sharing should be an important part of any web host relationship.

Customer-focused web hosts will always help clients solve problems. However, there is another level of service, beyond resolving support tickets, whereby a web host will share knowledge with customers, through blogs, FAQs, phone calls, messages, emails and social media, so that they can troubleshoot and solve problems themselves.

The next generation of web host providers should be keen to support this movement towards self-serve and knowledge sharing.

#3: Can you profit from the relationship?

It depends if you are adding a markup to web host services when no one – you or your customers – are getting value from the relationship, then probably not. No one wants to pay more when they are getting mediocre service. Especially when website loading speeds, security and support ticket responsiveness are so important, you could risk your customers feeling ripped off and ready to go elsewhere.

With the right web host, you can put every website – your agency and client websites – through Reseller Hosting servers. Pick the right plan for your client needs. Get the support you need, when you need it and don’t pay more for services you don’t need. It should be that simple. Best of all, web agencies can bundle extra useful monthly services into a support package – thereby making a profit and providing clients with everything they need for one monthly fee.

Find out more. See how your agency can support clients with Reseller Hosting: Everything you need from Solid Blue Liquid. Find out more about what we offer at solblu.uk

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No need to Fear Brexit… We’ll still be here!

Brexit, the one thing keeping businesses awake in the UK and abroad, but how does it all affect us and which industries need worry the most? It’s a difficult one to call, but there are some clear looser and winners, and a lot of businesses not affected, at least yet.

Is this a time to re-ignite national pride? We think it is, time to look for everything made in Britain.

We were once proud builders, makers and thinkers, exporting goods across the world, and now its time to help each other.

At Solidblueliquid, we work with UK Suppliers, UK Datacentres, Hire UK staff and work within the community to support UK businesses. We promise to always work with UK companies when we can and will always prove where everything came from!

In our industry we are surrounded with European countries and internation businesses taking from our local businesses, so rest assured that we are entirely UK owned and run.

Come talk to us if you want to support British over European.

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