A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of each application running on it when compared with an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD functions with many different interconnected flash memory modules, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard-disk drive contains spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, which means that the speed of an HDD is restricted. As the cost of the two types of drives also differ, lots of personal computers and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard disk for file storage, in this way balancing cost and effectiveness. A web hosting service provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, thus files that are used very often will be kept on this type of a drive for accomplishing higher loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create website hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web apps and static websites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless if you load a page or check for new emails using webmail, the content will load quickly. To offer even greater speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All of the content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for improved performance. What we achieve by doing this except for the better speed is reduced overall load, thus decreased probability of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of protection for any information that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you buy one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform that uses only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and e-mail messages. In addition to the cutting-edge ZFS file system that we use, this configuration guarantees extremely fast loading speed for every web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the Internet sites of one user do not affect the ones of another, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system finds files that are accessed more frequently and duplicates them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and for that reason we can balance the load on all drives, guarantee their long life-span, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide a quick and reliable web hosting service.