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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 £0.50 per GB while a mechanical drive comes in at £0.03 per GB.
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    Last edited by sean; 5th November 2013, 04:29 PM.
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    Depends on the scenario. The right tool for the right problem
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    • #3
      Agree with Ed here. For my home VPS hacking around with personal sites, Cheap.com is good. For businesses and bigger applications that require performance, SSD is the way to go.
      Jon Rohan

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      • #4
        Why not have both

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        £375 for 1TB, ~£0.37p/GB. Nowhere near spinning metal pricing - but its getting better.

        As above though, the right disk for the right job.
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        • #5
          Put SAS drives, attach RAID and go on
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          • #6
            Originally posted by euro-space View Post
            Put SAS drives, attach RAID and go on
            IOPs on SAS are barely 20% higher than SATA; they're still a magnitude of thousands less than SSDs - and transfer rates are margin off too.
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            • #7
              For hosting do you prefer slow, high capacity mechanical OR fast, low capacity SSDs?
              We're still using SATA and SAS drives in all of our servers. In my Laptop and Work PC I have SSDs because I'm impatient.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ben-Sonassi View Post
                IOPs on SAS are barely 20% higher than SATA
                7,200RPM SATA to 15,000RPM SAS?
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                • #9
                  Got 4 sata drives in raid 10 on the m247 mirror box and gives decent IO while having capacity, SSDs would be $lol to get the required capacity
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                  • #10
                    Is this not just a case of having plenty of Ram in the box, and standard drives? Or is my over simplistic world confused like usual... (Just interested.)
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                    • #11
                      Yep that also does a great job of speeding things up but also a well tuned apache etc will also go along way without spending a penny
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                      • #12
                        I'm all for tiered SAN storage, then you don't really have to chose per server.
                        Jon Rohan

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by administrator View Post
                          Is this not just a case of having plenty of Ram in the box, and standard drives? Or is my over simplistic world confused like usual... (Just interested.)
                          It all depends on the workload.

                          Let's say you're running a web server - RAM is going to solve a lot of problems and it's going to keep things fast. However, if your web server is running a large volume of database queries (hello Magento), you still need to hit large volume storage which will issue a lot of disk read/writes.

                          With enough RAM, you can have your data in RAM but you'll still need to write out any updates to any records (i.e. data updates caused by user action, session state, page visits, user stats, etc.) - this will always be to your large volume storage which is slower.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JonRohan View Post
                            I'm all for tiered SAN storage, then you don't really have to chose per server.
                            That's interesting - when you say tiered, do you mean an SSD based SAN too? Also, I imagine you're thinking of fibre channel rather than commodity parts that can be replaced quickly, easily and inexpensively?

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                            • #15
                              Right tool for the right job - they each have their place.

                              SSD reliabilty is getting better, but it's still *much* lower than standard SATA drives.
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