A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of any application running on it when compared to a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive uses multiple interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, an HDD functions with spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, so the speed of an HDD is fixed. Because the prices of the two kinds of drives are also different, many desktops and web servers are provided with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and an HDD for file storage, in this way balancing cost and performance. A web hosting provider may also use an SSD for caching purposes, so files that are accessed on a regular basis will be held on such a drive for reaching improved loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
The cloud platform where we make hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web apps and static websites 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-mails with webmail, the content will load quickly. So as to offer even higher speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve by doing this apart from the better speed is lowered overall load, thus decreased chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, which is one more level of security for any information that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Provided you want speed and fantastic performance for your websites, our semi-dedicated hosting accounts shall be a very suitable solution as they are created on a cloud platform that employs SSDs for each part of the service - e-mail addresses, databases and files. This way, every website that you host here will load fast. Just like other companies, we also use SSDs for caching, but since all storage drives are solid-state ones, you will be able to take advantage of the high performance all the time and irrespective of the nature of your websites. The caching solid-state drives are used for load-balancing and all frequently accessed content is copied to them, which both minimizes the load and guarantees the good performance of all websites which load from the main drives. The lifespan of the latter will also be increased as there will be considerably less reading and writing processes on them.