A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of every app running on it compared with a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive uses a variety of interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard disk works by using spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, meaning the speed of an HDD is limited. Since the prices of the two types of drives are also different, a lot of personal computers and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and an HDD for file storage, this way balancing price and overall performance. A web hosting provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are used regularly will be stored on such a drive for accomplishing higher loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.

SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting

In case you host your sites in a shared web hosting account from our company, you'll notice their excellent performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all the files, e-mail addresses and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the website hosting service. Along with the cutting-edge ZFS file system, this setup will increase the speed of your websites drastically. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. All the content which generates more traffic or causes a lot of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them instantly, so the load on the primary drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted with us will improve. This subsequently prolongs the life of the main drives and reduces the potential for a disk failure, which is an additional guarantee for the integrity of any content which you upload to your account.