So you have done everything to enhance the speed performance of your server and have improved every other component, but still your server is slowing down? All servers have a piece of component that gives limitations to your server’s maximum capacity and efficiency. In most servers of the new age, that component is the hard drive. Then maybe you should think about using and SSD or Solid State Drive for your server.
Most of the hosting companies have been relying on traditional hard drives to make websites and databases work for years. These traditional hard drives, hard disk drives or HDD have magnetic spinning platters and moving parts, and this gives the servers that limitation when it comes to speed in transmitting data. This gives us the same conclusion that no matter how fast and efficient your server is, it will always have limitations when it comes to how much speed capability can you do to access your memory.
What is a Solid State Drive?
A Solid State drive is a form of data storage unit that uses microchips instead of spinning platters. Having microchips, means you won’t have any moving parts. SSD’s can transmit date back and forth in max speed. It is usually silent, uses lesser energy and less heat, faster in accessing data, resistant to shock and is not usually delayed on performance. This technology has electronic interfaces that can be combined with I/O hard disks, that lets your servers run much, much faster. In earlier times, it was mainly used on military, aeronautical and medical fields. But now, they are commonly used by web hosts and PC manufacturers.
Pro’s and Con’s of Using SSD’s on your Servers
As more and more people and companies are using and making servers for their own personal use or company use, some of them are confused as to what are the advantages and disadvantages in using SSD on their servers.
Advantages of Using Solid State Drive on your Servers
- It is 5x faster than an HDD. As the HDD needs time to spin and the SSD doesn’t, it is always almost ready after you open up your server. Starting up will almost be instantaneous due to it not having mechanical parts to prepare.
- It consumes lesser energy than HDD’s. thus making them work on a much cooler state.
- They also run very quietly
- Have a much longer life span
- Weighs lighter than the HDD’s
- You can also see a very drastic improvement in the I/O speed, giving your server lesser time on its loading and much higher efficiency
- Lesser possibility in loss and problems on data. When an HDD expires and crashes, every data you have will be gone, but when you use a SSD, it will stop you from putting more data, but all the data that you have saved will still be seen and used.
Disadvantages of Using SSD’s on your Server
- SSD’s are really pricey, of course as we all know it, not everything is free. Although SSD’s are continually lessening their price for the past few years, it is still 7-8x more expensive than an HDD.
- An SSD can’t write data as fast as HDD
All in all, SSD is still a perfect choice for your server memory storage, although with all its awesome benefits for us, it is bound to be expensive. If your website really need and is important, using SSD will give a dramatic increase in performance. For the speed and better efficiency, SSD is worth the money. It is pretty obvious that SSD’s will replace HDD’s when it comes to data storage in the very near future, why not enjoy it now by choosing SSD.