Solid-state flash storage has been around for a long time. But it’s only in recent years that prices have come down sufficiently for it to become practical on a mass scale. Now that SSDs are becoming as affordable as traditional hard drives on a per-gigabyte basis, millions of webmasters all over the world want to move to SSD hosting – that’s if they haven’t already.
What is SSD hosting?
Traditionally, web hosting companies stored data for websites on optical hard drives, abbreviated HDDs. If a server wanted to retrieve data from a traditional HDD, it had to issue an instruction and then wait for the laser on the HDD to move to the desired position on the disk to read the information. Being a mechanical process, it often took a long time for HDDs to access data, making them slow and energy-intensive.
SSD hosting uses solid-state disks (SSDs) to store website data. They don’t rely on any mechanical parts, meaning that both their read and write speed is much faster than traditional HDDs. Hence, webmasters can serve up page data to their website visitors much faster than in the past.
SSD hosting has been possible since the first solid-state drives became available and compatible with SATA, but economically, it didn’t make sense. Now, though, it does, and there are numerous advantages.
What are the benefits of SSD hosting?
Here are only some:
SSD hosting can help webmasters break through annoying bottlenecks in website speed caused by HDDs. So long as there’s nothing else slowing down your site – such as a poor internet connection – then SSDs will be faster than the old-fashioned, mechanical alternative.
SSDs are also able to pull off another trick that traditional HDDs can’t: the ability to read and write at the same time. This feature is excellent for sites that have to deal with a lot of requests, reducing the burden on the server CPU.
SSDs do not have any moving parts. Instead, they deliver information to the processor through a series of vendor protocols (the details of which don’t matter here). These protocols are far more energy-efficient than old hard drives. Using an SSD web host, therefore, is better for the planet and less costly over the long term.
Lower Fragmentation Rates
Data fragmentation was a significant issue for traditional HDDs. HDDs had a habit of writing information on different parts of the disk that were physically distant from one another. When the HDD needed to read the information, it had to move the laser over a greater distance. With SSDs, that’s not the case: data fragmentation has only a small effect on performance.
You may be interested in using an SSD web hosting company but worried about costs. The good news is that SSDs continue to move closer to parity with HDDs, meaning that the cost differential is falling. What’s more, when you choose SSD hosting, you get faster performance and a more reliable service. For this reason, SSD hosting is, in our view, the future.