A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules to store data. The solid-state drives remain fairly new and more expensive compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), however they're faster, so they are often employed for Operating Systems and apps on both PCs and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred because it does not have spinning disks which restrict its speed and can cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. A lot of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all the content that is accessed more frequently will be located on this kind of drives, while all other content will be located on ordinary HDDs. The reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the price and performance of their hosting platform and to reduce the load on the HDDs caused by intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Website Hosting
If you host your websites in a cloud website hosting account with us, you'll notice their excellent performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all files, email addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. Along with the cutting-edge ZFS file system, this configuration will boost the speed of your Internet sites considerably. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. All content that generates more traffic or creates lots of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them instantly, so that the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted with us will be better. The latter subsequently prolongs the life of the primary drives and lessens the potential for a disk failure, which is another warranty for the reliability of all content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated server solutions, we will keep your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all the databases and e-mails. That way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load very fast. We work with dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive website content is copied automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a couple of heavy sites that generate plenty of reading and writing processes will not affect the other sites that share the same drive. By reducing the overall load we also increase the lifespan of the primary storage disks and decrease the chance of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an extra level of protection for your content.