A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to store data. The SSDs are still fairly new and more pricey compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), however they are faster, so they are quite often employed for Operating Systems and apps on both desktops and hosting servers. An SSD is recommended because it does not have spinning disks which restrict its speed and could cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. Lots of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the website content which is accessed more often will be kept on such drives, while all other content will be stored on regular HDDs. The reason to use this type of a configuration is to balance the price and performance of their website hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from countless reading and writing processes.
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 notice their excellent performance. This is because our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all the files, emails and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. In addition to the state-of-the-art 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 content that generates increased traffic or creates lots of reading/writing processes is copied on them promptly, so that the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted with us will be better. The latter in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and decreases the potential for a disk failure, which is another warranty for the integrity of any content which you upload to your account.