A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of any application running on it as compared with a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD uses a variety of interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard disk functions with spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, meaning the speed of an HDD is restricted. Because the cost of the two kinds of drives also differ, numerous computer systems and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and a hard disk for data storage, thus balancing price and effectiveness. A hosting provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are accessed very often will be kept on this type of a drive for reaching improved loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we make shared web hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, email addresses and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new e-mail messages through webmail, the content will load instantly. In order to ensure even greater speeds, we also use a group 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 read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve in this way except for the improved speed is reduced overall load, thus decreased chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of security for any data 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 plans, we'll save your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all the databases and email messages. Thus, your script-driven apps and webmail will load speedily. We use dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive site content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a few heavy sites which generate a considerable amount of reading and writing processes shall not impact the other sites that share the very same drive. By reducing the overall load we also boost the lifespan of the main storage drives and reduce the possibility of a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add another level of security for your site content.