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Solid State Drive (SSD) advantages

A2 Hosting's motto is “Our Speed, Your Success”. One of the ways we provide this speed to you is by offering servers with Solid State Drives (SSDs). Whereas traditional hard drives have mechanical parts that must physically move, SSDs do not. This fundamental difference in architecture means that SSDs have many advantages over traditional hard drives, such as:

  • Reliability: With no moving parts, SSDs are inherently more reliable and durable than traditional hard drives. For example, SSDs have no read/write heads that can crash against spinning disk platters.
  • Performance: SSDs have much faster read and write access times than traditional hard drives. For example, an SSD has random access times of 0.1 milliseconds or less, whereas a traditional hard drive has access times of 10 milliseconds or more.
    For server performance and stability reasons, and to protect other user accounts on the same server, limits are in place for very large disk operations on SSD servers. In the overwhelming majority of usage scenarios, however, SSD input and output operations complete very quickly, and users do not trigger any disk operation limits.
  • Power consumption: With no physical parts to move, SSDs use less power than traditional hard drives.

These advantages result in web sites that are faster, more responsive, and more reliable.