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Lansing Cloud Host Introduces Faster ‘Storm SSD’

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Inside a Liquid Web data center

Inside a Liquid Web data center

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LANSING — Storm On Demand, the cloud hosting arm of the Lansing-based managed hosting provider Liquid Web, Wednesday announced its latest high performance hosting product, Storm SSD.

In Storm SSD the company says it has tweaked its cloud servers, already the industry standard in terms of high performance, to include solid state drives and full redundancy.

This innovation sees Storm On Demand outdoing itself, by increasing the power and speed of a product which was already the fastest available I/O Performer in the Cloud market — indeed, the company said, delivering input-output rates and access times that are literally impossible to achieve with a traditional disk based system.

Storm is among the early adopters of SSD in cloud computing. In addition to improved speed, the company said Storm SSD will operate with a low server load, eliminating bottlenecks and enabling a server’s processing power to be fully utilized.

In testing, the system has shown capable of up to 475,000 inputs and outputs per second, vs. 7,800 for Amazon.

“Storm SSD is ideal for High Performance web applications, large databases and indexes, as well as any environment in which data is subject to frequent access,” said Liquid Web and Storm On Demand founder and CEO Matthew Hill. “By improving upon our already rapid I/O performance, we are eager to see the new horizons our customers are able to explore.”

Costs of the service ranges from $75 to $300 a month depending on speed and storage space requirements.

Liquid Web is a privately held managed web hosting company founded in 1997, with three wholly owned data center facilities in Lansing. In 2010 Liquid Web opened a software development office in Scottsdale, Ariz. Liquid Web has more than 20,000 clients in more than 120 countries. Liquid Web was a member of the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing privately held companies in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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