[CentOS] Are SSD disks worth the cost for server usage?

Eero Volotinen eero.volotinen at iki.fi
Tue Jan 12 17:22:07 UTC 2010

Quoting Mathieu Baudier <mbaudier at argeo.org>:

>> impressive, though they are pricey. If you have simple requirements
>> it's probably not bad though(will be a few times more $ than the
>> hosting provider your looking at, but hey you wanted fast, always
>> available, and safe, those aren't cheap). You can provision machines
> We don't have extremely high load requirements.
> This is first and foremost a development infrastructure with a public
> part for our free software products.
> So we don't expect very high volume on it in the foreseeable future.
> Our idea is more that we are ready to invest a bit more in the
> hardware to be on the safe side.
> We have been running our infrastructure for the last three years on a
> cheap server with 1GB memory and on a Linux so old that I cannot even
> tell here for security reasons (and a bit shame as well probably...)
> We had one single crash during the three years (probably because I
> kept everything very simple) and it is only for a few months that we
> start feeling that the development of our activity requires something
> bigger.
> I would also say that it is more important for us to have control over
> the whole stack than to have optimal performance.
> And this whole stack has to be free software (which excludes VMware I guess).
> But I really appreciate your suggestions, and if anybody has ideas of
> other good providers in the European Union, I'm very interested!!

Well, if you really want to buy fast and expensive ssd from intel then  
just do it, but do not go with cheap ssds.


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