A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of each application running on it when compared with a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive employs a number of interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard-disk drive features spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, meaning the speed of an HDD is limited. Because the prices of the two kinds of drives are different as well, numerous computer systems and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and an HDD for data storage, this way balancing price and efficiency. An Internet hosting provider can also use an SSD for caching purposes, which means that files that are used regularly will be saved on such a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we make shared web hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new e-mails using webmail, the content will load quickly. To offer even better speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. Any content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve this way except for the improved speed is lowered overall load, thus decreased potential for hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the main drives, which is one more level of protection for any information that you upload to your account.