A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to save information. The SSDs are still relatively new and more expensive compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are faster, so they are ordinarily used for Operating Systems and apps on both personal computers and hosting servers. An SSD is preferred because it doesn't have spinning disks that restrict its speed and can cause overheating like it could happen with an HDD. A large number of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the content that is accessed more often will be kept on such drives, while all the other content will be kept on standard HDDs. The reason to use this kind of a setup is to balance the price and overall performance of their Internet hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs resulting from numerous reading and writing processes.

SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting

The cloud platform where we make web hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new emails through webmail, the content will load without delay. So as to ensure even better speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for much better efficiency. What we achieve by doing this apart from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus lower chance of hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of protection for any info that you upload to your account.