View Poll Results: For hosting do you prefer slow, high capacity mechanical OR fast, low capacity SSDs?

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  • Slow, high capacity mechanical HDDs @ ~$0.045 per GB

    6 27.27%
  • Fast, low capacity SSDs @ ~$0.678 per GB

    11 50.00%
  • Neither: Mechanical drives with an SSD cache

    5 22.73%
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  1. #1
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    For hosting do you prefer slow, high capacity mechanical OR fast, low capacity SSDs?

    As it stands, mechanical HDDs offer a lot more storage space for your buck versus HDDs. Today, an average SSD will cost roughly $0.678 per GB while a mechanical drive comes in at $0.045 per GB.
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    No doubt ,SSDs .SSD increase performance of overall server .What we should offer to our clients is "Quality" rather than "Quantity" or "Oversold Server" .
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    Since the cost/GB has came down substantially, SSD all the way. They can still break/die, but since there are no moving parts the chances are much less IMO.

    The overall performance gain is well worth the 15x price. SSDs have anywhere from 4x to 8x faster read times than standard HDDs. I think we will see the price continue to fall as well as the speed continue to increase.

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    You can use ssd caching to balance the capacity and performance.
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    I would prefer SAS 15k. They are fast and reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Michael View Post
    I would prefer SAS 15k. They are fast and reliable.
    Covered under the Mechanical option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ServerSean View Post
    Covered under the Mechanical option.
    Yes and no. I do not consider SAS 15k disks as slow. They are fast enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Michael View Post
    Yes and no. I do not consider SAS 15k disks as slow. They are fast enough.
    As they're still mechanical drives they are significantly slower than SSDs - especially true with random access. However, they're priced similar to SSDs as it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Michael View Post
    Yes and no. I do not consider SAS 15k disks as slow. They are fast enough.
    I agree to this. A lot of providers are just jumping on the bandwagon like they did with cloud and the like due to hype and marketing. We'll keep using SAS, at least for now anyway. SSD pricing is getting better, so just wait it out a bit longer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HostXNow View Post
    I agree to this. A lot of providers are just jumping on the bandwagon like they did with cloud and the like due to hype and marketing. We'll keep using SAS, at least for now anyway. SSD pricing is getting better, so just wait it out a bit longer...
    As a plus, it makes people actually think about how much data they're going to have and therefore plan sensibly for it rather than expect UNLIMITED storage for $0.99/month.

    For those people, I suspect 6TB Helium filled HDs won't even cut it.

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    SSD all the way.

    The performance speaks for its-self. Plus the durability with no mechanical moving parts. Maybe if I'd invested in SAS already then it may as well be used, but unless you need the capacity, or you're marketing to a low end I wouldn't place too much investment in mechanical drives in 2013.

    Of course HDD will be around for a long time, but floppy disks can still be bought, doesn't mean I'm going to use them. A standard shared platform kind of needs SSD with the average workloads the average shared server gets these days, and SAS can do this yes, but not to the standard of SSD. SAS has been great with our backups, but that little disk can spin is fast as it likes - it won't power huge databases like SSD can.

    There's no SSD 'band wagon', there's simply average hardware, then there's high performance hardware. Clearly those who can't afford SSD implementation will talk it down, but really the results overshadow what anyone can come up with. SSD caching can work, and is needed right now for those that can't afford the same capacity on SSD, but it's still a cheap alternative in most cases.
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    simple...

    if i'm hosting my images collection => sata
    if i'm hosting my e-commerce website => ssd
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    If you are willing to offer hosting, I'd recommend you to use SSDs. HDD is too old, slow and 95% of companies use it.
    That's what I recommend if you want to be something better than most of the companies including leaders.

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    I prefer SSD although the low capacity can be a pain at times.

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    Depends on what you want to run on the host. if you need more space and less performance then spinning HDD, or viceversa.
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    Primarily SSD for my website

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