A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of each application running on it as compared with an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD functions with multiple interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard disk employs spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, which means that the speed of an HDD is restricted. As the cost of the two kinds of drives also differ, a lot of PCs and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and a hard disk for file storage, thus balancing cost and overall performance. A website hosting provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files that are accessed frequently will be saved on this type of a drive for accomplishing better loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a shared web hosting account from us, you will definitely notice their exceptional performance. This is because our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all of the files, email addresses and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. Along with the amazing ZFS file system, this setup will increase the speed of your sites considerably. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All the content which generates more traffic or creates lots of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them automatically, so the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted on our end will be better. The latter in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and decreases the potential for a disk failure, that is a further warranty for the integrity of all content which you upload to your account.