SSD hosting vs HDD hosting. There’s been a big transformation in the way data is stored by web hosting providers. In the past, most hosting companies used hard disk drives (HDDs) as core storage devices. Now servers are increasingly using solid state drives (SSDs) to improve performance. However, hosting providers – whether offering budget shared hosting, dedicated servers or VPS, still offer a mix of HDD and SSD. What’s the difference between SDD vs HDD? Which should you choose? And should you migrate to SSD if you’re currently on HDD-based hosting?
HDD: Hard Disk Drive [HDD] Hosting which uses Hard Disk Drives to store website data. This is the traditional hard drive that stores data on platters. Inside a Hard Disk there are many spinning disks. The Hard Disk head stores and reads data from the platters by moving around it’s axis while the platters spin extremely fast. If you are a start-up or your website is supposed to be just a presentation page with a low number of visitors then you should go for a HDD hosting plan.
Solid State Drive [SDD] Hosting which uses Solid State Drives to store website data. This is the latest and advanced way of storing websites. In SDD there are no moving parts and the SSD stores data on microchips. To read and write data, SSD consists of an embedded controller, based on the speed of this controller, which makes the decision of how to store, cache, retrieve and clean up data determine the overall speed of the drive. If your website requires high performance, fast response time and uses random data access, you should probably opt for a SSD hosting plan.
In case of price SSDs are about 7 to 8 times more expensive than per unit of storage than HDD.