In traditional hard disk, there is a spindle that hold one or more mirror rotating platters. The solid state drive (SSD) is made from semiconductors. Web hosting servers that are equipped with SSD hard disk offers faster performance. It takes approximately 35 to 100 μs for the SSD to retrieve the data while traditional hard disk takes about 5,000 to 10,000 μs to retrieve the data. As you can see, the SSD is faster than the traditional hard disk by almost 100 times.
Web hosting server that use SSD hard disk has a lower failure rate because the SSD drive do not contain any moving part. SSD has a shock resistant of up to 1,500g/0.5ms. Servers that use HDD hard disk can fail after a long time of usage because it contains moving part. The magnetic platters in the HDD drive makes it vulnerable to data corruption when it is near to powerful magnets. On average, the SSD hard drive will take 22 seconds to boot. The traditional HDD is slower and takes about 40 seconds to boot.
The average file write/copy speed for the SSD hard drive is 200 MB/s to 500 MB/s. The HDD hard drive has a much slower file write/copy speed which is in between 50 MB to 120 MB/s. De-fragmentation is required for classic HDD from time to time to ensure it operates at optimal performance. There is no requirement to carry out a defragmentation on the SSD drive.
The SSD hard disk is based on a RAID-10 system that offers maximum redundancy. The advantage of choosing SSD VPS hosting plan is that it offers very high performance and transfer speed. The transfer speed in a SSD VPS hosting is about 5 times faster compared to traditional HDD VPS hosting plan.
The downside of SSD Windows VPS plans is the expensive cost. Los end SSD hard drive costs about $100. High end SSD hosting can cost thousands of dollars. Another downside is that it offers limited hard disk space. The average disk space for a SSD hard drive range from between 250 GB – 1TB. SDD offers smaller disk spaces compared to HDD. You can expect to get about 30 GB of hard disk space for every 1 GB of server memory.
The traditional hard disk has a capacity of offering more hard disk space. HDD hard disk can offer a disk space of between 500 GB – 1TB. The advantage of HDD is that it is cheap. The average cost of a standard HDD is about $50. The downside of HDD is that it has slower performance. Hosting plans that use HDD is suitable for websites that don’t need a high performance website. SSD hosting plan is for webmasters with websites that receive a high volume of traffic.
In conclusion, both SSD and HDD hard disk have their own advantages and disadvantages. The type of Windows VPS hosting you choose will depend on your purpose for buying the hosting plan. If you want to save money, you can choose the HDD VPS hosting plan. If you get a lot of customers from your online store, the SSD Windows VPS hosting plan will suit you because it will ensure your site is accessible by your visitors at all time.