A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of any application running on it compared with a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive uses a number of interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard-disk drive contains spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to move, which means that the speed of an HDD is restricted. As the prices of the two types of drives also differ, a large number of computer systems and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and an HDD for file storage, thus balancing cost and effectiveness. A website hosting service provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, which means that files that are accessed regularly will be saved on such a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
If you host your Internet sites in a shared web hosting account from us, you will definitely notice their fantastic performance. This is because our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all of the files, e-mail addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the hosting service. Together with the cutting-edge ZFS file system, this configuration will increase the speed of your sites significantly. For load-balancing, we also use numerous SSDs for caching purposes only. Any content which generates more traffic or causes lots 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 Internet sites hosted with us will be better. This in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and lessens the potential for a disk failure, which is an additional warranty for the integrity of any content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you sign up for one of our semi-dedicated server solutions, we'll hold your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all databases and emails. That way, your script-driven applications and webmail will load extremely fast. We employ dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive website content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a number of heavy sites which generate a large amount of reading and writing processes won't influence the other sites which share the exact same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also raise the lifespan of the main storage drives and reduce the chance of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add one more level of protection for your website content.