A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of each application running on it in comparison with an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive employs a number of interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, an HDD uses spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, meaning the speed of an HDD is restricted. 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 random applications, and a hard disk for file storage, thus balancing price and effectiveness. A web hosting provider can also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files that are accessed very often will be kept on such a drive for achieving higher loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
The cloud platform where we create shared hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will load extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless if you load a page or check for new email messages using webmail, the content will load very quickly. To ensure even higher speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All the content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve in this way apart from the improved speed is lowered overall load, thus reduced chance of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you get one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform that employs only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and e-mails. Along with the revolutionary ZFS file system that we use, this configuration guarantees lightning-fast loading speed for every web application hosted on our end. To guarantee that the websites of one user will not affect the ones of another one, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system finds files which are accessed more frequently and clones them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and as a result we can balance the load on all the drives, warrant their extended lifespan, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, offer you a quick and reliable web hosting service.