SSD stands for Solid State Drive, and is the best technology when it comes to disk storage. At Cheap Host we only offer SSD hosting on our shared web hosting plans. Here we look at some of the main advantages of SSD over traditional HDD:
Faster - A key metric that we associate with speed is IOPS (Input/Output operations per second). This is the speed that data can be written or read from a hard disk. So basically, the higher your IOPS figure, the faster it performs. SSD disks are therefore much better for your website hosting, especially where most users now are employing dynamic data-driven websites such as WordPress and Joomla. Website Speed is now a key metric that all search engines now use when ranking websites, and so when you choose Cheap Host, you can rest assured that we are a pure SSD hosting company!
More Reliable - The older HDD drive is a mechanical drive and so more prone to disk failure. The SSD drive on the other hand is an electronic system and so is much less prone to issues that can affect HDD devices such as vibration and shock related problems. It also fair better for the range of operational temperatures, which makes it a much more reliable and durable drive. This in turn means less problems for the hosting company and the webmaster, which really is a win-win!
More Eco-Friendly - Its also worth bearing in mind that SSD drives will also reduce the carbon footprint of your business. They use less energy than the traditional HDD drive, and also run cooler, which translates into less energy used. This of course will not make much of a difference to a small server, but is a step in the right direction.