A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules in order to save data. The solid-state drives are still relatively new and more pricey compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), however they are considerably faster, so they are ordinarily employed for Operating Systems and applications on both personal computers and hosting servers. An SSD is recommended because it doesn't have spinning disks which limit its speed and may cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. A lot of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all the website content which is accessed more frequently will be located on this kind of drives, while all other content will be stored on regular HDDs. The reason to use this kind of a setup is to balance the cost and overall performance of their website hosting platform and to decrease the load on the HDDs caused by countless reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Web Hosting
In case you host your websites in a cloud web hosting account from us, you'll notice their fantastic performance. This is because 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 amazing ZFS file system, this configuration will increase the speed of your sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. Any content which generates more traffic or creates plenty of reading/writing processes is copied on them instantly, so that the load on the primary drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted with us will improve. The aforementioned in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and reduces the possibility of a disk failure, that is an additional guarantee for the reliability of all content which you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we offer are made on a cloud platform that uses only SSD drives. We don't use HDDs anymore, so your websites will load quickly since we employ SSDs for every part of the service - files, databases and e-mail addresses. Considering that some customers may host Internet sites which can be more popular than others, we also use many drives for caching. Our system finds any content which is accessed more regularly and clones it on these drives so as to load it from them. This configuration is used for load-balancing purposes as we ensure that several reading/writing intensive sites will not affect the performance of the rest of the Internet sites which are stored on the same main drive. Using caching drives also increases the life-span of the main storage SSDs and lowers the probability of disk failures.