A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of each app running on it as compared to a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive works by using many different interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard disk contains 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 prices of the two types of drives also differ, numerous personal computers and web servers are provided with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and a hard disk for data storage, this way balancing price and effectiveness. An Internet hosting service provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are used on a regular basis will be kept on this type of a drive for reaching better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create shared website hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new messages with webmail, the content will load right away. In order to ensure even higher speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All the content that generates lots 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 better efficiency. What we achieve in this way in addition to the better speed is lowered overall load, thus lower chance of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of security for any data 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 solutions, 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. That way, your script-driven applications and webmail will load speedily. We work with dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive site content is copied automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a number of heavy Internet sites that generate plenty of reading and writing processes can't affect the other Internet sites that share the same drive. By reduction of the overall load we also increase the lifespan of the primary storage disks and lower the possibility of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of stability for your website content.