A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules so as to save info. The solid-state drives are still fairly new and more expensive than the standard hard disk drives (HDD), however they are much faster, so they are quite often used for Operating Systems and applications on both PCs and hosting servers. An SSD is preferred because it does not have spinning disks which restrict its speed and can cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. Numerous companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so any site content which is accessed more often will be kept on this type of drives, while all the other content will be located on standard HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the cost and overall performance of their hosting platform and to reduce the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
In case you host your sites in a website hosting account with us, you'll notice their excellent performance. This is because our cloud platform uses solely SSD drives for all the files, emails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. Along with the amazing ZFS file system, this setup will increase the speed of your Internet sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. Any content which generates increased traffic or causes plenty of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them promptly, so that the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted with us will improve. The aforementioned in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and reduces the chance of a disk failure, which is another warranty for the integrity of all 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 just for the files, but also for all of the databases and e-mails. That way, your script-driven applications and webmail will load very quickly. We use dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive site content is duplicated automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a couple of heavy Internet sites that generate a considerable amount of reading and writing processes can't affect the other websites which share the very same drive. By reducing the overall system load we also increase the lifespan of the main storage drives and lower the potential for a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of security for your content.