A very important but sometimes neglected aspect of a hosted website is the infrastructure on which it is built. No matter what degree of virtualization is used to construct your web server, it is supported with physical components such as CPUs, networking cables, and storage devices. Data needs to be stored on a storage medium such as a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid-state drive (SSD). The equipment used to provide a website may not be evident to the customer or end-user; however, the hardware is meticulously selected for certain key reasons.
In some cases, the server design may be just the way the client likes it or specially designed for a certain piece of software. With other scenarios like mainstream web hosting, it is irrelevant to these customers how the systems are implemented as long as they perform up to expectations. They may not be interested in what type of drives are used in the storage arrays that hold their data.
This article is for readers interested in the differences between the various types of storage drives that may be used by your hosting provider. It’s also good for anyone wanting a little in-depth information about how data is stored on your website or even on your laptop.