A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of each application running on it compared with a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive employs many different interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, an HDD functions with spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, so the speed of an HDD is fixed. Because the cost of the two types of drives also differ, many desktops and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard disk for data storage, this way balancing price and effectiveness. A website hosting provider could also use an SSD for caching purposes, thus files which are accessed frequently will be stored on such a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard disks.

SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting

The cloud platform where we create shared hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new email messages with webmail, the content will load promptly. To ensure even higher speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. Any content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve that way apart from the improved speed is lowered overall load, thus lower probability of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, that's one more level of security for any data that you upload to your account.