We have all heard about the new SSD hard drives and the good performance they have.
These hard drives can not only improve the behavior of your PC, but they can also improve the speed of your website if it is hosted on a hosting that has made the leap to this new technology.
In this post we are going to see and understand what exactly an SSD hard drive is, and all the advantages that this type of hardware can bring to our computer and to our website.
So let’s start at the beginning.
What is SSD hosting?
SSD stands for Solid State Drive (solid storage drive). They name the new generation of storage devices, and which will progressively replace the magnetic disks of current hard drives.
Differences between a traditional hard drive (HDD) and an SSD hard drive
Without a doubt, the main difference between a traditional hard drive and an SSD is that the latter does not have any mechanical or mobile device, since it is completely electronic.
Traditional hard drives have been with us since the computing boom (back in the 1980s), and have evolved to become smaller, faster, and larger in capacity. Today you can find SATA drives of up to 10 Tb, but their operation has not evolved, and they are still limited to their ability to read and write data on a spinning disk (something similar to what a record player needle would do). , and to the speed at which the disk can rotate.
There are no moving parts on SSD drives. All information is written and read electronically, making the process much faster and more reliable than with any traditional hard drive.
The advantages of an SSD
Since there are no mechanical parts that have to search for sectors on a disk, SSDs have a higher write speed. They are up to 10 times faster reading information than a traditional hard drive. They also have much lower latency, that is, they take much less time to find the information.
By having a greater speed of writing, reading, and searching for information, the booting of the disk itself and of the applications it contains is much faster.
We already know that SSD drives work much faster than traditional hard drives, so by hosting your website on a hosting with SSD drives, the loading speed of your site will improve.
And Google loves websites that load fast. So if your website uses SSD technology, it will be faster and it is quite likely that it will rank better in Google, thus getting much more traffic and more options to generate sales, subscribers, budget requests, etc. And it is normal, no user enjoys browsing a slow web page.
Another point to take into account is reliability, where SSDs also win. It is much more likely that any of the mechanical devices of a traditional hard drive will be damaged and wear out, and although they have improved a lot in this aspect in recent years, SSDs will always be more reliable.
This does not mean that an SSD will last forever, as storage modules also wear out. But even so, the useful life is much longer for SSDs than for traditional ones, and being a “new” technology, there is ample room for improvement.
In a traditional hard disk, the information is distributed on a single disk, and in some cases on two. On the contrary, in SSDs, the information is distributed among several chips. This makes it easier for the system to recover from any errors or problems. Losing a sector of information is not the same as losing half.
Traditional hard drives are recommended from time to time to defragment them to sort out all the information they contain. But this tedious process will be history with SSDs, since they do not need any type of maintenance.
It should also be noted that SSDs require much less power to operate than traditional hard drives. About a fifth.
In addition, they generate much less heat, so they do not need such powerful cooling equipment.
At the user level, you may not notice the difference, but if you think of a global data center, the amount of energy they need to run all their hard drives and keep them at a good temperature, is incomparable with the cost they have. the SSDs.
It is clear that SSD technology is here to stay. It will be the future of storage for both individuals and hosting companies. And this is due to:
- Its speed, with the consequent improvement in the user experience on a website.
- The reliability.
- And to its reduced energy consumption.
So if you want a faster website, one that ranks better, generates greater profits, and also helps the environment, don’t hesitate and switch to hosting with SSD drives.