FastComet, a San Francisco-based company, has long been a popular website hosting provider. With its low-cost plans but still high-quality service, FastComet has long since been an obvious choice for both novice website owners and web developers alike. Now, FastComet has completely rehauled its servers to deliver even better shared hosting plans to its valued customers.
According to a press release by the hosting provider, they have upgraded its “infrastructure to the award-winning AMD’s line of server processors, EPYC.” The hosting provider has been making significant strides recently, and recently overhauled its fully-managed dedicated server line. Its dedicated servers were also upgraded with AMD EPYC processors, and its customers saw huge benefits from this decision. This upgrade allows for better load balancing, easy scalability, and rapid deployment provisioning. Having this dedicated CPU is important for those who want to run CPU-intensive applications like machine learning, video encoding, and data analytics processing.
The AMD EPYC will be combined with the custom environment that FastComet has already created. With the fast PHP 7, multi-layered caching, WP-CLI, and SSH, all of the hosting provider’s customers are about to reap huge benefits from this decision.
FastComet decided to upgrade all of its shared hosting providers to AMD EPYC processors completely free of charge because it helps to decrease latency, as well as the effect of “noisy neighbors.” One of the biggest drawbacks of selecting a shared hosting plan over others is the impact other websites can have on yours. For example, if someone else on the same server as you are using up too many resources, or running a spam site, it could mean that your site could be negatively impacted and run more slowly as an effect. Because FastComet is such a big provider for shared hosting plans, the company would want to reduce this problem as much as possible.
The reason why AMD EPYC processors are able to reduce these effects is thanks to the fact that the Cores on the hypervisor get access to “exclusive dedicated vCPU threads.” Because of this, your website won’t have to compete against others to get the resources you’ve paid for already.
As another bonus, AMD EPYC SoC architecture also provides SSD (solid-state drives) that are attached directly to extensive I/O. According to FastComet, this upgrade is particularly crucial to both them as the hosting provider and you as the customer. By using AMD’s EPYC processors, the power will mean that the performance bottleneck will be almost completely eliminated. Users who want to utilize LAMP/EMP stacks or MYSQL will notice a massive difference.
FastComet also has majorly stepped up its security. Website owners typically have to make sure they do their research before choosing a shared hosting provider because poor security can be a huge issue. However, with this upgrade, the server will now allow for the encryption of both the hypervisor and virtual machine. Essentially, this means a big boost in security. Now, only cryptographically signed software will be permitted to be rebooted.
Dimitar Petkov, CTO of FastComet released the following statement: “Moving to the AMD EPYC environment has taken our already fast platform to a whole other level and it is undoubtedly the most exciting and impactful change we've had to our platform, especially in regards to stability, security, and speed. We are seeing massive performance gains across the board, which gives our clients the competitive edge they need to succeed.”
After upgrading the company’s dedicated servers less than half a year ago, FastComet saw a jump of 200% in how fast websites load. In general, FastComet users were all vocally positive about the company, which is what encourages the hosting provider to make the switch on its shared hosting plans as well. Even though FastComet is recognized already as one of the leaders in shared hosting plans, this additional step is just another way they are distinguishing themselves against its competitors.
According to FastComet, they have tested out this infrastructure already on a few of its customers’ websites. The minimum improvement that each website saw was 30%, with many shared hosting websites experiencing bigger jumps than that. Luckily for all its shared hosting users, the benefits aren’t just on the frontend. On the backend of the website, you should also see an increase in how quickly your application admin dashboards respond. If you are constantly bickering with your website, this should help improve your workplace flow.
Of course, if you have a website that is fully optimized, you might not experience as many benefits as a heavier website that hasn’t been optimized. But, regardless, all FastComet shared hosting plan users should notice a significant difference in how quickly their website loads and the overall security.
FastComet, already a leader in hosting services, should be heavily considered by entrepreneurs, business owners, and web developers alike because of the huge improvements they have put in place. FastComet remains dedicated to delivering high-quality service to its customers.