Not too long ago, web hosting buyers had very few options when it came down to the file storage offered with their web hosting packages. when purchasing hosting for your business website or other application, you likely were bombarded with unlimited this and unlimited that. What most web hosts fail to mention is the I/O performance (Short for data input/output) on the drives that will be storing your files. Now, you can purchase hosting with either an SSD or HDD. But does your website really need high performance hosting? We explain the pros and cons of these types of hosting, and guide you through the advantages and disadvantage of both to help you come to your decision.
HDD Web Hosting and SSD Web Hosting Explained
The mechanical spinning hard drive or HDD is the basic nonvolatile storage on a computer that has been used for decades as the primary storage device for most computers and servers. Hard drives are essentially metal platters with a magnetic coating. That coating stores the data, whether that data consists of blogs from the 90s, videos of dogs talking, or an eCommerce store. A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning in a hard drive enclosure thus making mechanical drives more susceptible to failure.
An SSD does much the same job functionally (storing the data) as an HDD, but instead of a magnetic coating on top of platters, the data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data. These flash memory chips differ from the flash memory in USB thumb drives in the type and speed of the memory. The flash memory in solid state drives is faster and more reliable than the flash memory in USB thumb drives. SSDs are consequently more expensive than USB thumb drives for the same capacities and come at a much greater cost then HDD’s per gigabyte.
SSD hardware is becoming more affordable making it a viable choice for data centers looking to offer competitive priced hosting with higher I/O performance and overall faster website load speed.
In Conclusion, as far as Go Lucky Cloud is concerned SSD storage is the only option in order to offer our customers the performance they need.