A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules to save info. The SSDs are still fairly new and more expensive than the standard hard disk drives (HDD), however they are much faster, so they are often employed for Operating Systems and apps on both home computer systems and hosting servers. An SSD is recommended because it doesn't have spinning disks that restrict 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 stored on standard HDDs. The main reason to use this type of a setup is to balance the price and performance of their Internet hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs caused by countless reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we make cloud website hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open very fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless of whether you load a page or check for new emails through webmail, the content will load very quickly. So as to offer even higher speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve that way in addition to the improved speed is reduced overall load, thus reduced possibility of hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, that's one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.