You’re probably already quite interested in, and pretty knowledgeable about websites and VPS hosting if you’re asking a question like What is SSD VPS Hosting?
It stands for Solid State Disk Virtual Private Server Hosting… which is, without doubt, a bit of a mouthful and doesn’t really tell us what it actually is.
But, what it does indicate is the need for a technical deep dive, and so to help answer this question we have broken the article into a collection of short sections:
1. Difference Between HDD & SSD:
Understanding the underlying hardware of your web hosting that you choose in Singapore will help you understand why SSD is such an attractive offering.
2. What this means for VPS Hosting:
When you understand how SSD functions inside of your VPS servers you will know on an operational level how to identify how your Hosting Plans are shaped.
3. How this benefits your hosting plans:
You want to be able to see the reasons you would pay a premium for SSD VPS vs other shared hosting options that Singapore has to offer.
4. Who is SSD VPS Hosting is perfect for?
Because you need to know if SSD VPS Hosting is for you and your website.
At the end of this brief explanatory article, we advise you to answer the 10 questions to see if you should really be considering SSD VPS Hosting. We have compiled a detailed deep dive list of the top-performing Singapore VPS Cheap Plans to suit different business types in Singapore and the region.
Difference between HDD & SSD
So before we get onto VPS SSD Hosting, let’s take a step back and look at the anagrammatical element first… the SSD element, but to do this we need to identify the difference between HDD & SSD. So, let’s start with HDD first:
HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive
As in the hard spinning coated disk which sits at the heart of your computer at home and the servers (your hosting company use/used).
The role of the HDD is to store and retrieve data. Central to the operating function of the machine, enabling it to perform a variety of different tasks (from the innocuous to essential).
Classed as a non-volatile storage device, installed internally in a drive bay, it’s directly attached to the disk controller of the motherboard.
It contains one or more platters housed inside an air-sealed casing. So as you can see the HDD is a pretty complex, substantial, and labor-intensive piece of hardware.
SSD stands for Solid State Disk
The first thing to say about SSDs is that they do everything the HDD does (store/retrieve data etc) but rather than using the complex spinning disk set up, the SSD stores data on a collection of interconnected flash memory chips.
They are much smaller, faster, and more reliable than HDDs, as well as this they can easily be replaced and storage, can easily be increased on a device.
What does SSD mean for VPS Hosting?
When looking at VPS hosting from an operational level, what does it mean to use SSD Storage vs HDD storage… taking the technical overview above, we have evaluated the difference between the two, by looking at 4 different criteria:
As you’ve read from the description above, the HDD is a very complex robust piece of hardware that demands a lot of the machine’s labor, as such drawing a lot of power, which then affects the battery life.
Due to the much simpler and less labor-intensive SSD storage devices, it ensures a lot less power is drawn from the server, enabling significantly longer battery life.
Consider how the HDD stores data, using the circular platter storing data in a magnetic form. And as we all know there is a massive downside to magnetic storage, over time your data becomes vulnerable as the magnets erase data.
On the other hand, SSD uses flash memory, no moving parts, no risk of magnets deleting all your data.
HDDs use platters to store data, which generate a huge amount of noise as they vibrate, both actions (noise & vibration) have the potential to damage the performance of hosting companies’ servers.
SSD doesn’t have these moving parts and doesn’t cause these problems, so you’ll have a lot more confidence in the SSD server’s performance.
While HDD is in fact less costly than SSD’s, they do compromise the performance of the server, so in the long term, the slightly more expensive SSD will reduce overhead costs.
Benefits of SSD VPS to Hosting Plans
Ok, that’s all great from an operational point of view, but does it benefit the hosting service you will purchase?
And the answer is a categorical YES. Using SSD with VPS Hosting improves:
Performance: using flash memory to store data, SSD massively improves a site’s read/write speed, improving the performance of the server, and most importantly for you, it significantly improves the loading times of your site/s.
You want servers that will guarantee the highest levels of uptime, as downtime equals lost profit.
SSD’s because, as the name suggests are solid-state (with no moving parts like HDDs) are far far less susceptible to damage, far more efficient, and durable which guarantees far higher uptime reliability for users.
Over time SSD plans will be far cheaper than HDD plans, as they use far less energy to perform tasks and run your operating system (therefore using far less electricity at the server locations).
As well as this (and linked with the reliability point above) they are far more durable, and less likely to need replacing.
These cost reductions from a provider’s POV will filter through to better-priced plans, or reinvestment in other areas so that your service plan is packed with the latest and greatest features.
3. Improved SEO
Faster loading sites affect Google search engine results. SSD VPS hosting loads significantly faster than their HDD counterparts, so switching should as a result improve your site’s SEO too as Google is speed crazy.
Sustainability: as the pressure on more businesses to become carbon neutral increases, we will require our partner and suppliers to become more efficient in their consumption, and with hosting currently being one of the most energy consumptive sectors, the move to SSD’s is the way towards greener hosting in the future.
What is SSD VPS Hosting and Who is it for?
So we have covered quite a lot of technical information about SSD VPS Hosting, but the question for you is, is it the right type of hosting for your business.
Rather than listing out different types of businesses that might benefit, we have a set of sequential questions which should help you identify if you’re the type of business that needs it.
- Do you feel limited by the current hosting plan your sites are running on and are looking for a more scalable alternative?
- Do you run multiple sites?
- Have you considered a private server in the past? (and you’d like the benefits of a private server at a fraction of the cost)
- Are you concerned by the uptime delivery these sites are currently getting?
- Are your sites’ load time performance below where they should be?
- Do you care about data protection (both internal and customers)?
- Do you want greater custom control over the back-end side of your hosting along with root access?
- Will your sites be scaling over the next quarter/s?
- Do you want to employ more bespoke security measures for your sites?
- Is sustainability important to your business now (or will it be in the near future)
If you answered yes to all 10 of these questions, then you should really be considering SSD VPS Hosting, our recommendations can be found by clicking the link above.