A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of every app running on it when compared to a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive employs many different interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard-disk drive uses spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to move, meaning the speed of an HDD is restricted. Since the cost of the two kinds of drives are also different, a large number of computer systems and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard disk for file storage, thus balancing price and efficiency. A website hosting service provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files that are used frequently will be located on this type of a drive for accomplishing improved loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.

SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud platform where we create shared website hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new e-mails using webmail, the content will load right away. So as to ensure even better speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for improved performance. What we achieve by doing this in addition to the better speed is reduced overall load, thus lower chance of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of protection for any information that you upload to your account.