A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of every application running on it compared with a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD functions with many different interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard-disk drive contains spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to move, which means that the speed of an HDD is restricted. Because the prices of the two types of drives are different as well, many personal computers and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard disk for data storage, thus balancing cost and overall performance. An Internet hosting service provider could also use an SSD for caching purposes, thus files which are accessed on a regular basis will be saved on this type of a drive for achieving improved loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
If you host your sites in a web hosting account from us, you'll notice their fantastic performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all the files, email addresses and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the website hosting service. In addition to the advanced ZFS file system, this setup will increase the speed of your websites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All content which generates more traffic or causes lots of reading/writing processes is copied on them automatically, so that the load on the main drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted on our end will improve. This subsequently prolongs the life of the main drives and lessens the potential for a disk failure, which is an additional warranty for the integrity of any content which you upload to your account.