A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of each app running on it in comparison with a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD uses a number of interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD features spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, which means that the speed of an HDD is fixed. Because the prices of the two types of drives also differ, numerous personal computers and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard disk for data storage, in this way balancing cost and efficiency. A web hosting service provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files that are accessed frequently will be saved on such a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we create web hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static sites will open extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new e-mail messages using webmail, the content will load promptly. To offer even better speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. Any content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve in this way except for the improved speed is lowered overall load, thus reduced potential for hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the main drives, that is one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, we'll hold your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all the databases and email messages. This way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load extremely fast. We use dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we make sure that several heavy sites which generate a considerable amount of reading and writing processes shall not influence the other Internet sites that share the very same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also increase the lifespan of the main storage disks and decrease the probability of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of security for your site content.