A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to store information. The SSDs are still relatively new and more expensive compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), but they are much faster, so they are often used for Operating Systems and applications on both home computer systems and web hosting servers. An SSD is recommended because it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and may even cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. A number of companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so any website content that is accessed more often will be held on such drives, while all the other content will be located on ordinary HDDs. The main reason to use this type of a configuration is to balance the price and overall performance of their Internet hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs resulting from numerous reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
In case you host your websites in a cloud hosting account from our company, you will definitely notice their exceptional performance. This is because our cloud platform uses solely SSD drives for all files, email addresses and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the website hosting service. Together with the cutting-edge ZFS file system, this configuration will increase the speed of your sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. All content which generates more traffic or causes plenty of reading/writing processes is duplicated 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. The latter subsequently prolongs the life of the main drives and lessens the chance of a disk failure, that is a further warranty for the integrity of all content which you upload to your account.