A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to save info. The SSDs remain fairly new and more expensive compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), but they are considerably faster, so they are ordinarily employed for Operating Systems and apps on both desktops and web servers. An SSD is preferred as it doesn't 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 site content which is accessed more frequently will be held on this kind of drives, while all the other content will be stored on standard HDDs. The reason to use this type of a setup is to balance the cost and overall performance of their website hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
If you host your Internet sites in a shared hosting account with our company, you will notice their fantastic performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses solely SSD drives for all of 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 increase the speed of your Internet sites drastically. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All of the content that generates increased traffic or creates lots of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them promptly, so that the load on the main drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted on our end will improve. The aforementioned in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and lessens the chance of a disk failure, that is one more warranty for the reliability of all content which you upload to your account.