A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to save data. The solid-state drives are still relatively new and more expensive when compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), yet they're faster, so they are quite often used for Operating Systems and apps on both PCs and servers. An SSD is preferred as it doesn't have spinning disks that restrict its speed and may even cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. A number of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so any website content that is accessed more frequently will be located on such drives, while all the other content will be kept on ordinary HDDs. The reason to use such a configuration is to balance the cost and overall performance of their hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a hosting account from our company, you will definitely notice their excellent performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all the files, e-mails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. In addition to the innovative ZFS file system, this setup will increase the speed of your sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use numerous SSDs for caching purposes only. All the content that generates more traffic or causes plenty of reading/writing processes is copied on them promptly, so that the load on the main 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 decreases the chance of a disk failure, that is an additional guarantee for the integrity of any content which you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, we'll save your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all the databases and e-mail messages. This way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load very fast. We use dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive website content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we make certain that a couple of heavy websites that generate a large amount of reading and writing processes shall not impact the other sites that share the same drive. By reducing the overall load we also raise the lifespan of the main storage disks and reduce the possibility of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add one more level of stability for your website content.