A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of every application running on it when compared with an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive employs many different interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD employs spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, which means that the speed of an HDD is fixed. Since the cost of the two types of drives are different as well, many personal computers and web servers are provided with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard disk for data storage, thus balancing cost and effectiveness. A web hosting service provider can also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files that are accessed regularly will be stored on such a drive for reaching 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 make website hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you load a page or check for new e-mails with webmail, the content will load quickly. To ensure even better speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. Any content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better efficiency. What we achieve this way apart from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased probability of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the main drives, that's one more level of protection for any information that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you get one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your Internet sites will be stored on a cloud platform which employs exclusively SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and emails. Along with the advanced ZFS file system that we use, this configuration ensures fast loading speed for each web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the sites of one user won't affect the ones of another, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system identifies files which are accessed more frequently and copies them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and as a result we can balance the load on all of the drives, warrant their long lifespan, minimize the risk of disk failures and, of course, offer you a fast and reliable web hosting service.