A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of each app running on it compared to a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD employs many different interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD employs spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to move, which means that the speed of an HDD is fixed. As the prices of the two kinds of drives are also different, lots of computer systems and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and an HDD for data storage, thus balancing price and performance. An Internet hosting provider could also use an SSD for caching purposes, so files which are used on a regular basis will be saved on this type of a drive for achieving higher loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create 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, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new emails using webmail, the content will load right away. To ensure even better speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All of the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the main storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve in this way in addition to the better speed is decreased overall load, thus reduced probability of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of protection for any info that you upload to your account.