Originally Posted by SenseiSteve
I'm beginning to see more and more offers being made with SSD drives. Do they cut down on profit margins and if so, is it worth the trade off? Of the three laptops I have at home, one has a SSD and it had to be replaced in less than 30 days.
What are the dynamics to adding SSD drives to offers from both the consumers point of view and the hosting provider?
Is there a preferred hard drive for hosting - one that stands apart from the others?
Depends upon what your costs are.
SSDs cost more up front to deploy, but you get the following benefits:
1) Lower power consumption (this can been substantial when you are talking hundreds of drives). This is a direct savings on power costs (fewer power feeds).
2) Lower server support costs - lets face it, HDDs are the most commonly swapped component in a server. The less you have to pay for techs time to swap drives, do RAID rebuilds, etc. the more you save.
3) Improved customer satisfaction - this one has a direct $$$ implication. You can charge higher rates for SSD storage, and customers are much much happier with the improved performance.