A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of each application running on it as compared to an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD works by using multiple interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard disk uses spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, so the speed of an HDD is restricted. As the prices of the two kinds of drives also differ, lots of computer systems and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and a hard disk for data storage, in this way balancing cost and efficiency. A hosting service provider can also use an SSD for caching purposes, which means that files that are accessed regularly will be stored on this type of a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
The cloud platform where we make shared hosting
accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new e-mails through webmail, the content will load without delay. In order to offer even greater 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 later read from them and not from the main storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve in this way aside from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus reduced chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, that 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 register for one of our semi-dedicated hosting
solutions, we'll keep your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all databases and e-mails. Thus, your script-driven apps and webmail will load extremely fast. We use dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive content is duplicated automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a number of heavy sites which generate a lot of reading and writing processes can't affect the other Internet sites that share the same drive. By reducing the overall system load we also boost the lifespan of the primary storage drives and reduce the chance of a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of protection for your site content.