SSD Hosting or HDD Hosting
HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive. This is the traditional hard drive that stores data on platters. HDD have been around since 1956, when being introduced by IBM. Inside a Hard Disk there are many spinning disks (platters). The Hard Disk head stores and reads data from the platters by moving around it’s axis while the platters spin extremely fast. This mechanical action leads to delayed response time, technically referred to as Access Time. So what does that translate to our website?
– Lots of disk space available – Current capacities range from 500 GB to 4 TB
– Lower cost – a standard HDD costs about $50 – $200.
– Very slow performance compared to SSDs.
If your website does not require a high performance and your application is not using millions of small files that are accessed randomly, you could consider a HDD hosting plan. In other words, if speed is not a priority, you could go for a HDD hosting plan.
SSD stands for Solid State Drive. Unlike the HDD, the SSD stores data on microchips. Because it has no moving parts that have to reach a specific point to read the data, the SSD has virtually no delays in serving the read/write requests. Let’s see what does this mean for our website.
– Very high performance – They serve random data about 100 times faster than a HDD
– Very high transfer speed – About 5 times larger throughput
– Higher cost – While a low end 120 GB SSD is about $100 expect to pay about $3500 for an 800 GB enterprise grade SSD.
– Limited storage space – These drives average capacity is about 250 GB and up to 1 TB, with the latter being overly expensive
If your website requires high performance, fast response time and uses random data access, opt for a SSD hosting plan. If speed make or break your website, definitely go for an SSD.
There’s no right or wrong answer. What matters is knowing what you need and go for the best options available.