A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to store info. The solid-state drives are still fairly new and more expensive compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are much faster, so they are often employed for Operating Systems and apps on both desktops and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred as it doesn't have spinning disks that restrict its speed and may cause overheating like it could happen with an HDD. Many companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so all content which is accessed more frequently will be located on this kind of drives, while all the other content will be located on regular HDDs. The reason to use this kind of a setup is to balance the cost and overall performance of their web hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from numerous reading and writing processes.

SSD with Data Caching in Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a hosting account from our company, you'll notice their excellent performance. This is because our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all of the files, email addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. Along with the leading-edge ZFS file system, this configuration will raise the speed of your sites drastically. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. Any content which generates increased traffic or causes a lot of reading/writing processes is copied on them promptly, so the load on the main drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted on our end will be better. The aforementioned in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and reduces the chance of a disk failure, that is one more guarantee for the integrity of any content which you upload to your account.