A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to save data. The SSDs are still relatively new and more expensive than the classic hard disk drives (HDD), however they are considerably faster, so they are often employed for Operating Systems and apps on both home PCs and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred because it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and could cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. A number of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the site content which is accessed more often will be stored on such drives, while all other content will be located on ordinary HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the cost and overall performance of their website hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs caused by numerous reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting
We use only SSDs on our leading-edge cloud web hosting platform and we've eliminated all HDDs on the production servers so as to provide lightning-fast loading speeds for every part of our services - files, e-mails and databases. That way, any content which you upload to your shared website hosting account will be accessible very fast. In order to boost the overall performance of the websites hosted on our end even more, we also use a number of SSDs which work only as cache - our system saves repeatedly accessed content on them and updates it without delay. We take advantage of this kind of a setup to make sure that resource-demanding Internet sites will not influence the performance of the other Internet sites hosted on our platform and this way all other websites can also take full advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. What's more, since the load on the main drives is decreased, their lifespan shall be longer, which is one more guarantee for the security and stability of your data.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you buy one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, your websites will be stored on a cloud platform that uses solely SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and e-mails. Together with the leading-edge ZFS file system that we use, this configuration guarantees very fast loading speed for any web app hosted on our end. To guarantee that the Internet sites of one user will not affect the ones of another, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system finds files which are accessed more frequently and copies them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and for that reason we can balance the load on all of the drives, warrant their long life-span, decrease the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a fast and reliable Internet hosting service.