A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to save info. The solid-state drives remain relatively new and more expensive than the standard hard disk drives (HDD), yet they're considerably faster, so they are ordinarily used for Operating Systems and applications on both desktops and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred as it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and could cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. Numerous companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so all content that is accessed more frequently will be located on this kind of drives, while all the other content will be stored on ordinary HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the cost and overall performance of their website hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs resulting from numerous reading and writing processes.

SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud platform where we create shared web hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will load extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new e-mail messages with webmail, the content will load without delay. So as to ensure even better speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All the content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve by doing this in addition to the better speed is reduced overall load, thus decreased chance of hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, that's one more level of protection for any information that you upload to your account.