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Question for hosting and db experts- should one go for ssd or HD when hosting? I'd think HD is better because you can anticipate failure using smart. Ssd has the advantage of being faster to load data.

On that note- are database systems now able to make better use of ssd's? Most optimizations centered around contiguous storage in hdd era.

You'd always want some kind of RAID mirroring with off-site backups, regardless of HDD vs SSD. If you take care of that, you can safely go with SSD. :)

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