A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of each app running on it when compared to a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD functions with multiple interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard-disk drive uses spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, meaning the speed of an HDD is restricted. As the cost of the two types of drives are different as well, numerous desktops and web servers are provided with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard-disk drive for file storage, thus balancing cost and effectiveness. A website hosting service provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, which means that files that are accessed regularly will be stored on this type of a drive for reaching better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
Our modern cloud website hosting platform employs only SSD drives, so in case you buy any of our shared web hosting plans, you can take full advantage of the speed that the drives provide. We no longer use hard disks, so your files, databases and emails will all load from extremely fast SSDs. For even better performance, we also use caching SSDs. A group of drives are used by our system for any file which is accessed more frequently and the data on these drives is dynamically refreshed in order to make sure that all the traffic-intensive files load from them. That way, the load on the primary drives is decreased, so we can guarantee fantastic performance for all sorts of websites no matter how many times they're accessed and avoid a situation where some sites are affected by an excessive number of reading and writing processes generated by others. This setup also improves the lifespan of the main drives and reduces the risk of disk failure.