A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to save 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 ordinarily employed for Operating Systems and applications on both home PCs and web hosting servers. An SSD is recommended as it does not have spinning disks which restrict its speed and may even cause overheating as it could happen with an HDD. Numerous companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so any content that is accessed more often will be held on this type of drives, while all the other content will be located on conventional HDDs. The main reason to use such a configuration is to balance the price and overall performance of their web hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.

SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud platform where we make shared web hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless of whether you load a page or check for new e-mails using webmail, the content will load without delay. In order to ensure even greater speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All the content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved performance. What we achieve that way in addition to the better speed is decreased overall load, thus lower probability of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, that's one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.