For someone who relies on his/her website to make money, it is extremely important that his/her website is up and running at optimal performance all the time. Even a slight lag in performance can mean loss in business. It becomes even more important for those who operate through a retail website. Any popular website receives millions of hits on a daily basis and even though your website might have loyal visitors but still they have a tendency to move to other websites quickly if they find that your website is not functioning properly.
As an internet user, you can understand the importance of speed. Everyone hates websites that are slow. Believe it or not but people prefer not to visit a slow website rather than to wait for the page to load.
At times, even after spending money generously, your website might not perform fast enough at peak traffic hours. There can many reasons for this, the most dominant of which is the speed of the server.
Recently a new type of web servers has emerged that promise greater speeds at even the busiest hours, these servers are known as SSD servers.
What are SSD Servers:
Let’s first understand what SSD means. SSD is an acronym for Solid State Drive. You must have heard about lightning fast solid state drives being used in desktops and laptops. These drives are super fast as compared to traditional storage devices. But still this technology has not fully cemented its place in the global market, the main reason being the costs associated with manufacturing solid state drives. Such drives are 4 times more expensive than a traditional storage device.
The same technology has now been used in the domain of web hosting. Implementing solid state drives in web servers increases the performance up to 300 times. You can expect your visitors to have a super fast experience; in fact it is so fast that your website’s visitors will think that they are browsing the site on their own computer or network.
What makes SSD servers so fast?
All related data of a website is typically stored on a web server. It includes text, images and snippets of code. It’s the job of the web server to retrieve this data and send it to the web browsers of the visitors. All of this retrieving and sending takes time. Now try to think what will happen during peak hours when thousands of people are simultaneously trying to visit your website. In case of a traditional web server, it will take some time to retrieve the data and send it to all of the visitors one by one. But this is not the case with SSD servers.
SSD servers are lightning fast as their storage drives have no disks or moveable or mechanical parts. The data is stored using integrated circuit assemblies. Since there are no disks or mechanical parts, the time required for retrieving the data is minimized by a huge fraction. Compared to traditional storage systems, SSDs are also more resistant to damage and shock.
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This article is written by Brianna Wilson. She is a computer engineer and discovered the latest way of w3 total cache setting with cloudflare.