A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of any application running on it compared to a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD employs multiple interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard disk contains spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, which means that the speed of an HDD is fixed. Because the cost of the two kinds of drives also differ, a lot of PCs and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, thus balancing cost and overall performance. A website hosting provider can also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files that are accessed very often will be held on this type of a drive for accomplishing improved loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard disks.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
In case you host your sites in a hosting account with our company, you will definitely notice their fantastic performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all files, emails and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. Along with the cutting-edge ZFS file system, this setup will boost the speed of your Internet sites considerably. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. All of the content which generates more traffic or causes lots of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them instantly, so that the load on the main drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted with us will be better. The latter subsequently prolongs the life of the main drives and decreases the chance of a disk failure, that is another guarantee for the integrity of any content which you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated server solutions, we'll store your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all the databases and e-mails. This way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load very quickly. We use dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive website content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a number of heavy Internet sites that generate plenty of reading and writing processes won't impact the other sites which share the exact same drive. By reducing the overall system load we also raise 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 stability for your website content.