A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of each application running on it in comparison to a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive employs a number of interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard-disk drive features spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to move, meaning the speed of an HDD is fixed. As the cost of the two kinds of drives are different as well, a large number of desktops and web servers are provided with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, in this way balancing price and effectiveness. An Internet hosting provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, which means that files that are accessed on a regular basis will be saved on this type of a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we make shared web hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will load very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new e-mail messages through webmail, the content will load right away. To offer even greater speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve that way aside 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 data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you get one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, your websites will be stored on a cloud platform that employs only SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and e-mail messages. In addition to the advanced ZFS file system that we use, this setup ensures fast loading speed for every web application hosted on our end. To guarantee that the sites of one customer won't affect the ones of another one, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system detects files that 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 consequently we can balance the load on all the drives, guarantee their long life-span, lower the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide you with a super fast and reliable web hosting service.