A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of any application running on it in comparison with an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD works by using multiple interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD contains spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, so the speed of an HDD is fixed. As the cost of the two kinds of drives are also different, many desktops and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and an HDD for file storage, thus balancing cost and performance. An Internet hosting service provider may also use an SSD for caching purposes, thus files that are accessed very often will be stored on such a drive for reaching improved loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
In case you host your websites in a website hosting account from us, you will notice their fantastic performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses solely SSD drives for all the files, e-mails and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. Together with the leading-edge ZFS file system, this configuration will boost the speed of your websites considerably. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. Any content that generates more traffic or creates lots of reading/writing processes is copied on them promptly, so the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted on our end will improve. The abovementioned subsequently prolongs the life of the primary drives and reduces the possibility of a disk failure, which is another warranty for the reliability of all content that you upload to your account.