A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules so as to save data. The solid-state drives remain relatively new and more expensive than the classic hard disk drives (HDD), but they are much faster, so they are quite often used for Operating Systems and applications on both PCs and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred as it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and may cause overheating as it could happen with an HDD. A number of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all the website content that is accessed more often will be located on such drives, while all other content will be kept on standard HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a setup is to balance the price and performance of their hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs caused by intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create website hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new emails through webmail, the content will load very quickly. To ensure even better speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All the content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better efficiency. What we achieve in this way apart from the better speed is lowered overall load, thus lower chance of hardware failures, and extended 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 Hosting
If you want speed and top-notch performance for your Internet sites, our semi-dedicated hosting accounts will be a very suitable solution as they're made on a cloud platform which uses SSDs for every part of the service - e-mail addresses, databases and files. That way, each Internet site that you host with us will load fast. Similar to other companies, we also use SSDs for caching, but since all storage drives are solid-state ones, you can take advantage of the top performance at all times and irrespective of the nature of your Internet sites. The caching drives are used for load-balancing and all the frequently accessed content is copied on them, which both reduces the load and provides the good performance of all sites that load straight from the main drives. The lifespan of the latter will also be increased considering that there'll be a lot less reading and writing processes on them.