Sold State Drives (SSD): Why Use One

Solid State Drives (SSD): Why Use One


Modern day desktops, laptops, and tablets are now equipped with solid state drives and the hosting industry with providers such as QuadraNet  also starting to embrace this technology. Solid state hard drives (SSD) have been available and used in the market for quite awhile but only recently has this type of storage been embraced by the hosting industry and the consumers as a preferred alternative to the traditional hard drives like SAS and SATA. Most hosting companies are now offering the option to add SSD in the build out this option is seen most in dedicated server configurations. But what exactly is a solid state hard drive (SSD) and how does it compared to a traditional hard drive?


If you are concerned with the speed and performance of your dedicated server, and have upgraded all other components of your server, then you might want to consider a Solid State Drive (or SSD). Solid State Drives are more expensive than your traditional SAS and SATA hard drives (HDD) but they will get the job done and get it done much faster. SSD refers to the fact that the primary storage medium is through semiconductors rather than a magnetic media with moving parts and a motor which is the case in traditional hard drives (SAS and SATA).


What Is A Solid State Drive?

Solid State Drives are distinctly different than the typical hard disk drive (or HDD). SSD has no moving parts, while an HDD involves a rotating magnetic disc. HDDs have been used in modern electronics since the early days of the technology. Most older hard drives are either SATA or SAS and in most models especially when they get older you can hear the hard drive spinning. SSD’s have much faster input/output speeds and the data being stored on the device can be accessed almost immediately. Since hard drives have traditional needed to constantly be moving they tend to be the first piece of hardware that needs to be replaced. Anyone in the hosting industry will tell you that hard drives the one piece of hardware commonly needs to be replaced. Sold state drives are very attractive for several reasons.



Who Benefits From SSD?

Solid state drives have several advantages over the magnetic hard drives. If down-pipe speed is essential for your business, an SSD is going to offer a distinct advantage over HDD. The speed factor comes from the fact that the drive does not have any moving parts. While a traditional drive has drive motors to spin up the magnetic platters and the drive heads, all the storage on a solid state drive is handled by flash memory. This provides several distinct advantages:

  • Less Power Usage
  • Faster Data Access
  • Higher Reliability
  • Less Fragmentation
  • Higher Durability
  • More Speed
  • Less Noise


Most noticeably, an SSD performs calculations much faster than a traditional hard drive. Where an HDD spins at anywhere from 5,400 RPM up to 15,000 to be productive, an SSD simply delivers the data. Because the moving parts have been removed, electrons can be shuffled much more efficiently, removing the need for unstable rotating discs. Therefore, SSD is less prone to skipping during its encryption, as there’s nothing to be knocked around or popped out of place. In essence, an SSD provides improved stability, as well as drastically increased speed.


What Is the Major Disadvantages to SSD?

To sum it up in one word COST! Opting to use SSD in your server over a traditional HDD is going to cost a considerable amount more for markedly less storage space but in recent years the cost has come down to about $1 per GB. An SSD also can’t write data nearly as fast as a hard drive disk, on the other hand its downloading speeds are several times greater. The industry and the technology is moving towards the use of more and more SSD based infrastructure especially with the advent of Cloud Hosting another exciting topic that will be covered in other articles. For more information on a custom configuration contact for special pricing.