A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of every application running on it in comparison with an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD uses a number of interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD uses spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is limited. Because the cost of the two kinds of drives also differ, lots of PCs and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, in this way balancing cost and effectiveness. An Internet hosting provider could also use an SSD for caching purposes, so files that are accessed on a regular basis will be located on this type of a drive for reaching higher loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.

SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting

The cloud platform where we make website hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static sites will load very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new e-mails with webmail, the content will load very quickly. To offer even higher speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All the content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve that way in addition to the improved speed is reduced overall load, thus reduced chance of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the main drives, that is one more level of protection for any data that you upload to your account.