The invention of the HDD in 1956 marked a milestone in what we now know as the age of information. Sure, the first HDDs had the capacity a millennial would find absurd, but at that moment, it was beyond what anyone could imagine was possible. Soon, it started dominating the world of web hosting as well, where it remained for long as the greatest method of dealing with storage of such a vast amount of information. Today, its reign may be at its end since the SDD is sure to take its place in the near future. To sum up, although its predecessor, the HDD, marked an era, the SSD is quickly threatening to take over the world of web hosting by a storm.
1. Greater Uptime
Whenever we are talking about a host, it is inevitable to mention the question of the uptime. Whenever your website is down, you risk to lose customers. So, the first advantage of going with SSD web hosting is that it offers a significantly improved uptime.
2. Higher Transfer Speed
Secondly, some would argue that the most obvious advantage of SSD web hosting is greater transfer speed. Seeing how the SSD (solid state drive) has no moving parts that need to reach a certain point before they become readable, it creates almost no delay whatsoever when it comes to sending requests. According to some estimates, the speed at which the SSD operates can outperform the HDD by a 100 times. This difference can be seen in their prices as well. However, getting an SSD 500GB for your website can be a good investment and there are more than a few places that offer a significant discount for this storage unit. Moreover, by increasing the performance and responsiveness of your site, this SDD should be able to pay itself off in a matter of months.
3. Lasting Longer
Earlier on, we said that SSDs cost more than HDDs, but not everything can be measured by its price alone. First of all, you need to keep in mind that the HDD is much more likely to break than its more expensive counterpart. This means that while the SSD requires you to pay a bit more, this is a one-time investment. The same cannot be said about the HDD. Since they break less often, they also cause less waste, but this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their eco-friendliness. You see, SDDs require less energy, which means that going with an SSD host means resorting to green hosting.
4. Safer Data
We must revisit the longevity of SSDs once more since it also means that it is less likely you will lose data due to malfunction than if you were to go with an HDD host. Sure, backups can be a decent compromise, but they are more of a risk control than an actual solution to a problem. Even if your host does a backup every day (in reality this will more likely be every week ‒ if you are lucky), when a crash occurs, you are at the risk of losing hours of hard work. At times, this alone can be quite problematic, especially while on an important project.
The list goes on and on, but one thing is certain ‒ it is only a matter of time until the SDD manages to replace the HDD once and for all. While some prefer to wait for this moment to finally arrive and see what happens, there are those who see the competitive edge that pioneering in this particular innovation may bring.