A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules in order to store info. The solid-state drives remain relatively new and more expensive compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), but they're faster, so they are often used for Operating Systems and applications on both desktops and servers. An SSD is recommended because it doesn't have spinning disks which limit its speed and could cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. Many companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all the content which is accessed more frequently will be located on this type of drives, while all the other content will be stored on conventional HDDs. The reason to use such a configuration is to balance the cost and performance of their hosting platform and to decrease the load on the HDDs resulting from countless reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Website Hosting
If you host your websites in a cloud website hosting account with us, you will 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 web hosting service. In addition to the innovative ZFS file system, this setup will boost the speed of your websites considerably. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All the content which generates increased traffic or causes a lot of reading/writing processes is copied on them automatically, so the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted with us will be better. The aforementioned subsequently prolongs the life of the primary drives and decreases the chance of a disk failure, that is an additional warranty for the integrity of any content that you upload to your account.