A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of every application running on it in comparison to a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive functions with many different interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, an HDD employs spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, so the speed of an HDD is limited. Because the prices of the two kinds of drives are different as well, a lot of computer systems and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and an HDD for data storage, in this way balancing price and efficiency. A website hosting service provider can also use an SSD for caching purposes, so files which are accessed repeatedly will be kept on this type of a drive for accomplishing higher loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we make shared website hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will load very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you load a page or check for new email messages using webmail, the content will load right away. To offer even greater speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All of the content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve by doing this except for the improved speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, that's one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.