Do Solid State Drives Really Increase The Speed Of My Website?

Learn how and why solid state drives make a difference in web hosting.

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  1. Introduction to Solid State Drives (SSD)
  2. The time it takes to retrieve data from a traditional hard disk drive on a server can be frustrating. What makes matters worse is that you might have purchased an expensive multi-core server with the largest RAM available today. The speed of data retrieval depends on three things; size of RAM, speed of processor and the type of data storage device used. It is increasingly becoming more obvious that solid state drives (SSD's) are the best storage devices, if speed of data retrieval is the only factor of consideration, but do solid state drives really increase the speed of my website? That is what most people are wondering.

    Solid State Drives Explained

    An SSD is a storage device that uses flash technology. It uses the same storage principle as flash drives and cell phone memory. This means that there are no moving parts, such as magnetic discs rotating inside the device, like traditional hard drives. In HDD's, the magnetic discs inside the device have to be rotated to access sectors where data has been stored. This usually takes time, hence the long wait to retrieve data. SSD's on the other hand, retrieve data directly and instantly from the storage blocks in the flash memory.

    How SSD Technology Increases the Speed of a Website

    SSDs are designed to plug directly into the SATA or SAS interface. Since data access is quick, the website content stored on the device can be retrieved easily, meaning that Internet users who want to access the web pages of the website do not have to wait long for the pages to open. That said, solid state drives really do increase the speed of your site.

    Solid state drives are best suited for storage of data that is frequently accessed, such as website content, which can be accessed by several users simultaneously. However, large files that are frequently accessed should not be kept on SSDs. This is because performance of the device reduces when large files that are stored on the device are accessed frequently. For this reason, videos and media files should be kept on a separate device. Additionally, SSDs that are installed on a web server should not be filled to capacity. For instance, if you have a 32GB SSD, you may want to retain a free space of around 5GB. This is because these devices work best when they have a lot of free space.

    To ensure that you get the best out of your state of the art, multi-core server, be sure to install an SSD, which can keep up with the lightning speed performance of your server, unlike HDDs.


  3. Explaining Solid State Disks
  4. Comparison : Solid State Drives (SSD) - V.S- Hard Drives (HDD)
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