A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules so as to store data. The SSDs are still relatively new and more pricey than the standard hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are considerably faster, so they are frequently used for Operating Systems and apps on both PCs and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred as it does not have spinning disks which limit its speed and may even cause overheating as it could happen with an HDD. Lots of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the content that is accessed more often will be stored on this type of drives, while all other content will be stored on regular HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a setup is to balance the cost and overall performance of their web hosting platform and to reduce the load on the HDDs caused by numerous reading and writing processes.

SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting

The cloud platform where we create web hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will open very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you load a page or check for new e-mail messages with webmail, the content will load right away. To offer even better speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve by doing this apart from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, that's one more level of protection for any data that you upload to your account.