What is HDD VPS? Before explaining this term more, it is necessary to talk about VPS first. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. This is a kind of virtualization technology to divide the physical hardware into some virtual servers in hosting with the same infrastructure.
In the past, the traditional administrator system only has one physical server and it is used for a particular purpose only. Meanwhile, virtualization technology is the development of that traditional system. It offers easiness to host some servers in hardware. Each server can have its own purpose and they may have different operating systems from one to another.
Types of Hosting
In general, there are 3 type of web hosting used for online business and websites; they are shared, dedicated server, and VPS. Shared Hosting is known as a cheap hosting recommended for the beginners. It provides one operating system only to run a particular Distro. Besides, the software configuration used is also standard such as Apache, cPanel, PHP, MySQL, and some more. Sure, you may not need to spend more money on this but consequently, the software specifications available are limited.
Dedicated servers, just like the name, are a sort of physical server dedicated entirely to one client. It means that there is no other sites or apps that can be hosted in one same server. If you are using this server, you get the exclusive features from the main server resources including HDD, CPU, and RAM. You can choose your own favorite system whether it is Linux or Windows and Distro. Well, although you may get more here, the price is certainly more expensive.
Next, there is VPS which is known as the solution if you are confused to choose between Shared Hosting and Dedicated Servers. Each VPS is able to run the operating system fully and it can be rebooted separately although it is installed in the same computer with the other virtual machines. The virtualization feature here is very helpful in term of server consolidation to cause the cost optimization. This way, it is quite similar to the dedicated server in term of function but the price is much more affordable.
HDD in VPS
Let’s assume that you have decided to choose VPS for your hosting for all the efficiency and benefits you get. Next, you need to learn about the components in the Cloud VPS offered. It is including Hard Disk, System, Backup, and Server Location. Yes, not only is it about the Hard Disk or HDD but the other components are really essential for your online or startup business survival. But here, it will only be focused on HDD.
While selecting the VPS, you must consider the type of HDD to be used. HDD or Hard Disk Drive is the plate that becomes the basic non-volatile storage media. The term non-volatile means that the data will not be lost even when the computer is shut down. It is due to the magnetic layer as the place to save the data. When the plate is spinning around, the head read or write system can access the data.
Nowadays, there are 3 types of HDD available when you rent the VPS; they are SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment), SAS (Serial Attached SCSI), and SSD (Solid State Drive). Each of them has its own characteristics that are important to understand. Here are the brief descriptions of those 3.
SATA is known for being solid and it is a sort of traditional plate that is reliable enough with its high storage capacity. However, the ability to read and write tends to be slower. It is commonly used for the limited budgeted hosting or backup.
SAS has the better ability than SATA in which the hard drive is able to work faster as well as the performance of reading and writing. However, the storage capacity is lower. For the medium business with average capital, this HDD is recommended to be used.
SSD, on the other hand, is the best among all. It is fully electronic without any moving parts. The HDD is even claimed as the big innovation in term of storage since the performance is really reliable. It is not exaggerating to say that SSD is the future storage technology. So, are you interested to apply it in your business?