A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to save information. The solid-state drives remain fairly new and more pricey when compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), yet they're considerably faster, so they are often employed for Operating Systems and applications on both home PCs and servers. An SSD is preferred because it does not have spinning disks which limit its speed and could cause overheating as it could happen with an HDD. A lot of companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the website content that is accessed more frequently will be held on such drives, while all the other content will be held on regular HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a setup is to balance the cost and performance of their hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs caused by numerous reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a web hosting account from us, you will notice their excellent performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all the files, e-mail addresses and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the hosting service. Along with the amazing ZFS file system, this setup will boost the speed of your Internet sites significantly. For load-balancing, we also use numerous SSDs for caching purposes only. All the content which generates increased traffic or creates plenty of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them automatically, so the load on the main drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted on our end will be better. This in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and lessens the possibility of a disk failure, that is a further warranty for the reliability of any content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you sign up for one of our semi-dedicated server plans, we will store your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all databases and e-mails. That way, your script-driven applications and webmail will load very quickly. We use dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive content is duplicated automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a number of heavy websites which generate a lot of reading and writing processes shall not influence the other sites which share the same drive. By reduction of the overall load we also raise the lifespan of the main storage disks and decrease the potential for a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an extra level of stability for your website content.