A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of any app running on it as compared to an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive functions with a number of interconnected flash memory modules, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard-disk drive features spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is restricted. Since the prices of the two types of drives are different as well, lots of PCs and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and an HDD for data storage, this way balancing price and overall performance. An Internet hosting service provider can also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, which means that files that are used frequently will be stored on this type of a drive for reaching improved loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we make cloud web hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will load extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new email messages using webmail, the content will load quickly. So as to offer even greater speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All content which generates lots 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 better performance. What we achieve in this way apart from the improved speed is decreased overall load, thus reduced potential for hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of security for any information that you upload to your account.