There is no doubt that Solid-State Drives ( SSD ) are environmentally friendly and consume much less power than the traditional spinning-metal hard drives. But how much energy can they save?
According to a report prepared by iSuppli, the world’s largest data centers could have saved 166643 MWH (megawatt-hours) of electricity had they all adopted energy-efficient SSD instead of traditional hard drives during the period from 2008 to 2013. That amount of energy could be used to provide electricity for a small state for 20 years.
Solid-state drives are expected to replace the high-speed traditional hard drives widely used in data centers today, namely 15000RPM SAS. Each high-speed traditional hard drive consumes about 14W of energy per day and that is twice as much as an SSD consumes. The cumulative energy savings with SSD will be very significant.
Some popular data centers and web hosting companies have already gone eco-friendly by adopting SSD in their solutions. Web hosting start-up DigitalOcean is one of them, and you can read some very detailed DigitalOcean Reviews on the Internet.
Not only SSD will help save electricity but they also dissipate much less heat. That helps reduce the electricity consumption because less ventilation and cooling are required. SSD are more than just environmentally friendly. Lab tests indicated that the server system performance will be increased by 1.6 times with SSD solutions.