Pros and cons of SSD VPS: is it right for my website?

In the increasingly diverse world of remote hosting, the sound and durability might not particularly matter to the client eager to set up a new website, but the adaptability and scalability will be.

In a virtual private setting, these drives allow people to utilise the drives at the host’s premises, therefore cutting down on the need to set up and maintain a server themselves.

In that regard the hosting can be set up almost instantly and it doesn’t matter where the servers are based – they could be hosted in America or Aldershot and you’ll potentially receive the same level of service.

>See also: The move to solid state drives from hard disk drives

So why should you go for SSD VPS? There are huge number of physical advantage – the question has already been asked on Quora and there are some excellent, in-depth answers from those who have worked in the industry for decades.

These refer to the physical manifestation of SSD compared to HDD (Hard Disk drives) and describe the rapid speed, and reliability of SSD.

For those going remote, there are a number of other advantages. If your website is a small start up that needs a few gigabytes of disk space and virtually no bandwidth, it could be set up and hosted in moments.

But equally, a large web application or a large retail company could use the same host and take the same amount of time to set up a 16mb Ram, 7TB bandwidth colossus.

If the former becomes a major success and moves up the food chain by scaling, it could evolve from a small plan to a larger one over time, with little or no break in service at any point. Now imagine trying to regularly reconfigure or upgrade your own servers – not a source of joy.

Meanwhile, the person with the website that is being hosted on a server such as a VPS SSD can upgrade when they want, or just talk about upgrading when they want. That’s because the team of experts at many sites are on hand every hour of the day, so if you need to speak to someone to alleviate your concerns at 3am on Christmas Day, then it’s possible. You also won’t have to worry about SSL security, or SEO rankings.

>See also: Managed cloud: making the most out of public cloud computing

An alternative option to SSD is cloud VPS, which uses a number of connected physical servers rather than just one. Because a cloud system often confers access to multiple resources such as networks, applications and services across multiple servers, some people prefer these systems.

However, it’s worth checking exactly what you’re buying if you’re choosing between the two, as the phrase cloud can sometimes mean different things to different providers.

Overall, a remote SSD VPS system eliminates many of the teething problems that a startup or SME could encounter, either at the stage when the website is created or several months down the line.

Research is vital and remote hosting might not be for everyone, particularly those who are precious about costs and want to count every penny in the early months. However, it is certainly an option worth considering.

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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