A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of any application running on it when compared to a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive works by using a number of interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard disk contains spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is limited. Since the cost of the two types of drives are also different, a large number of personal computers and web servers are provided with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, thus balancing price and effectiveness. A website hosting provider could also use an SSD for caching purposes, which means that files which are accessed very often will be saved on such a drive for achieving higher loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
If you host your websites in a shared hosting account with us, you'll notice their excellent performance. This is because our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all files, email addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the website hosting service. Together with the state-of-the-art ZFS file system, this configuration will boost the speed of your websites tremendously. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. All of the content that generates more traffic or causes lots of reading/writing processes is copied on them instantly, so that the load on the main drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted on our end will be better. The abovementioned in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and decreases the possibility of a disk failure, which is a further guarantee for the integrity of all content which you upload to your account.