A solid-state drive is much quicker than any regular hard disk. This is because an HDD employs rotating disks, that can rotate only so fast and the more information is read and written, the slower and warmer they become, while an SDD uses modules of flash memory, hence there are no physically moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are much higher, which makes this sort of drives the right solution when speed is needed. That's why SSDs are often employed for the Operating System on a desktop or notebook and for storing data that is accessed repeatedly on servers. A large number of providers also use a combination of both drives, so they store the data on hard-disks, but they use several solid-state drives so as to cache the more often used data and due to this fact, the data loads a lot quicker while the load on the HDDs is reduced since their disks have to spin less often to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Website Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a cloud website hosting account from our company, you will notice their exceptional performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all the files, emails and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. Along with the advanced ZFS file system, this setup will increase the speed of your websites considerably. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All content that generates increased traffic or creates a lot of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them automatically, so the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted on our end will be better. This in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and decreases the chance of a disk failure, that is a further guarantee for the reliability of all content which you upload to your account.