A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of any application running on it as compared with a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD uses a variety of interconnected flash memory modules, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard disk employs spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, meaning the speed of an HDD is fixed. Because the cost of the two types of drives are different as well, lots of computer systems and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and an HDD for file storage, in this way balancing cost and performance. An Internet hosting provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, thus files that are used on a regular basis will be held on such a drive for achieving improved loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a cloud hosting account from us, you'll definitely notice their excellent performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all of the files, e-mails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the website hosting service. In addition to the amazing ZFS file system, this configuration will raise the speed of your sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All content that generates increased traffic or creates a lot of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them automatically, so the load on the main drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all sites hosted with us will be better. The abovementioned subsequently prolongs the life of the main drives and decreases the chance of a disk failure, that is a further guarantee for the reliability of all content which you upload to your account.