A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to store information. The SSDs remain relatively new and more expensive than the classic hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are considerably faster, so they are frequently employed for Operating Systems and applications on both desktops and web servers. An SSD is preferred because it does not have spinning disks which restrict its speed and could cause overheating like it could happen with an HDD. A lot of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all site content that is accessed more frequently will be stored on this kind of drives, while all the other content will be held on standard HDDs. The reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the price and performance of their Internet hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs caused by countless reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we create shared web hosting
accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static sites will load very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new email messages using webmail, the content will load very quickly. So as to offer even greater speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. Any content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve this way except for the better speed is reduced overall load, thus decreased chance of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.