SSD Showdown: SAS vs SATA
Comparing hosting plans and server specs can be daunting at times for even the most avid do-it-yourself website builders. You need to choose between Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives, Linux and Windows Operating Systems, cPanel or Plesk control panels and SAS and SATA drives.
While confusing at first, most of these choices boil down to only a few core differences that even someone new to the field can get their head around. In this post, we’ll be looking at the differences between SAS drives and SATA drives as well as recommending which option you should be looking out for when selecting a web hosting provider.
What Exactly Are SAS and SATA Drives?
SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) and SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) are two different types of interfaces used for transferring data to and from hard drives. In simpler terms, they’re the piping that data travels through from the hard drive to the motherboard and vice versa.
Which is faster? SAS or SATA Drives?
One common test of speed is throughput. This is the amount of data that can be moved, processed, read and written to the hard drive. The latest SAS format, SAS-3, has a capacity to move data at 12 Gbits/s, which is twice as fast as SATA drives.
SAS drives also have the advantage of being full duplex, meaning that SAS drives can send and receive data at full speed, at the same time. SATA drives can only handle full speed data in one direction at a time.
SAS also delivers a reduction in hardware overhead, which is critical when the number of input/output operations per second (IOPS) and latency of data exchange becomes an issue. SAS drives also offer better overall end-to-end data integrity, and a more highly configurable reporting structure than SATA drives.
If SAS Drives Are So Amazing, Why Don’t We See Them Everywhere?
Before you run out an upgrade your home computer to a SAS drive, you should know SATA drives and SAS drives are targeted towards different markets. SAS drives are purposefully built for the Server market, where companies need highly reliable storage that many people can access at once, whereas SATA drives are commonly used in client computers, archive storage arrays and tiered storage where speed and reliability are less of a factor.
What Do We Use Here At VentraIP Australia
All web hosting plans we offer at VentraIP Australia are powered by SAS SSD hard drives. By investing in faster and more reliable drives, we have been able to deliver the fastest shared hosting platform in Australian. If you’re after lightning fast hosting, we recommend hosting your website on one of our Shared Web Hosting plans.