A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of any application running on it when compared to a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD uses multiple interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard disk functions with spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to move, which means that the speed of an HDD is restricted. Because the cost of the two kinds of drives are also different, a large number of personal computers and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, thus balancing price and performance. An Internet hosting provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are used very often will be located on this type of a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
If you host your websites in a shared web hosting account from our company, you will definitely notice their exceptional performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses solely SSD drives for all the files, email addresses and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. Along with the state-of-the-art ZFS file system, this setup will boost the speed of your Internet sites tremendously. For load-balancing, we also use numerous SSDs for caching purposes only. All content that generates increased traffic or causes lots of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them promptly, so the load on the primary drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all sites hosted on our end will be better. The aforementioned subsequently prolongs the life of the primary drives and lessens the potential for a disk failure, that is a further warranty for the integrity of all content which you upload to your account.