A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of each application running on it as compared with a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive works by using multiple interconnected flash memory modules, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD features spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, meaning the speed of an HDD is limited. Because the cost of the two kinds of drives also differ, a large number of personal computers and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and an HDD for file storage, in this way balancing cost and effectiveness. An Internet hosting provider could also use an SSD for caching purposes, which means that files that are used very often will be held on such a drive for achieving higher loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Web Hosting
In case you host your sites in a cloud web hosting account with our company, you'll notice their exceptional performance. This is because our cloud platform uses solely SSD drives for all the files, email addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. Along with the innovative ZFS file system, this configuration will increase the speed of your sites drastically. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. Any content that generates more traffic or causes plenty of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them instantly, so that the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted on our end will improve. This in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and reduces the chance of a disk failure, which is a further warranty for the reliability of all content which you upload to your account.