This month we are finally retiring our last "spinning" disk system of our shared hosting platform. Meaning that from this point, we'll be running completely on solid state disks(SSD)!
Back in 2007 we were amazed by the performance of SSDs, only one SSD could handle more I/O transactions than any storage equipment that we've had at the time. While our best spinning disks at that time did around 150 I/O transactions, an SSD could do thousands.
We then started migrating our database servers to SSDs made by Mtron, a Korean company. Though they don't exist anymore, they were definitely pioneers in the business.
At that point the reliability of these SSDs wasn't as good as we are used to now, they actually broke quite often. But because we were so amazed by their performance, we simply accepted that we needed to swap out one or two disks on a weekly basis, but still it was better than going back to the old ways!
Luckily for us (and you), SSDs quickly evolved after that, nowadays the reliability of SSDs is much better than the traditional spinning disks, mainly because SSDs have no moving parts as they are completely (flash)memory based.
You may never knew about these developments, but you surely benefited from them. Without SSDs, our products wouldn't be as fast and affordable as they are now.
We’re already looking forward to its successor, but until then: SSDs for the win!