Having started working at Magento I have been making myself more familiar with many of the different parts of the community. I have spent a fair amount of time over the past several weeks trying to understand how people work with Magento and what their problems are. One of the things that often comes up is speed. And there are lists of things that people can do to try and make Magento faster. But there’s something that bugs me in many of these lists. Often people say that in order to make your Magento installation run faster you need to put certain things on tmpfs or RAM. Makes sense, right? The disk is slow, RAM is fast and so a RAM drive must be fast. Right? Nope.