A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of any app running on it compared with a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive works by using many different interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard disk employs spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, which means that the speed of an HDD is fixed. As the prices of the two types of drives are different as well, a lot of desktops and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and an HDD for data storage, thus balancing price and efficiency. An Internet hosting provider can also use an SSD for caching purposes, thus files which are used frequently will be saved on this type of a drive for achieving improved loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard disks.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
Our modern cloud website hosting platform uses only SSD drives, so if you go for any of our shared hosting plans, you can take advantage of the speed that these drives provide. We no longer use HDDs, so your files, databases and e-mails will all open from extremely fast SSDs. For even improved performance, we also use caching SSDs. A group of drives are used by our system for every file that's accessed often and the data on these drives is dynamically updated in order to ensure that all the traffic-intensive files load from them. This way, the load on the main drives is decreased, so we can provide excellent performance for all types of sites irrespective of how many times they're accessed and prevent a situation where some sites are affected by too many reading and writing processes generated by others. This setup also improves the lifespan of the primary drives and reduces the risk of disk failure.