A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to store data. The SSDs are still fairly new and more pricey compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), however they're much faster, so they are frequently employed for Operating Systems and apps on both personal computers and servers. An SSD is preferred because it doesn't have spinning disks that restrict its speed and can even cause overheating like it could happen with an HDD. A lot of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the website content which is accessed more frequently will be located on this kind of drives, while all the other content will be stored on regular HDDs. The reason to use this type of a setup is to balance the cost and overall performance of their web hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs caused by intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we create web 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 regardless of whether you load a page or check for new emails through webmail, the content will load very quickly. To offer even higher speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All the content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve this way aside from the better speed is lowered overall load, thus lower chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, that is 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 register for one of our semi-dedicated server solutions, we will hold your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all of the databases and emails. Thus, your script-driven applications and webmail will load very fast. We employ dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive website content is duplicated automatically on these drives, so we make certain that a couple of heavy sites that generate a considerable amount of reading and writing processes won't impact the other Internet sites which share the exact same drive. By reducing the overall system load we also boost the lifespan of the primary storage drives and lower the potential for a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add one more level of protection for your site content.