A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of any app running on it in comparison to a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive functions with a variety of interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard-disk drive employs spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, meaning the speed of an HDD is restricted. Since the cost of the two kinds of drives are also different, many PCs and web servers are provided with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and a hard disk for file storage, this way balancing price and overall performance. A website hosting provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, thus files which are used on a regular basis will be located on this type of a drive for accomplishing higher loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we make website hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will load very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless if you load a page or check for new emails through webmail, the content will load right away. So as to ensure even higher speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All of the content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved performance. What we achieve by doing this except for the improved speed is decreased overall load, thus reduced possibility of hardware failures, and longer 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 buy one of our semi-dedicated server packages, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform that uses solely SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and email messages. Together with the advanced ZFS file system that we use, this configuration ensures fast loading speed for every web app hosted on our end. To guarantee that the websites of one user won't affect the ones of another, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system finds files which are accessed more frequently and copies them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and consequently we can balance the load on all of the drives, guarantee their extended lifespan, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide you with a super fast and reliable website hosting service.