A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to store data. The SSDs remain fairly new and more pricey when compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), but they are considerably faster, so they are ordinarily used for Operating Systems and apps on both personal computers and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred because it doesn't have spinning disks which restrict its speed and can even cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. A large number of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the content which is accessed more frequently will be stored on such drives, while all other content will be kept on conventional HDDs. The main reason to use such a configuration is to balance the price and overall performance of their hosting platform and to decrease the load on the HDDs caused by countless reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
The cloud platform where we make hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new e-mail messages through webmail, the content will load right away. So as to ensure even better speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. Any content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better efficiency. What we achieve that way in addition to the better speed is reduced overall load, thus decreased possibility of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of protection for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you get one of our semi-dedicated hosting packages, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform that employs solely SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and e-mails. In addition to the advanced ZFS file system that we use, this configuration guarantees extremely fast loading speed for each web app hosted on our end. To guarantee that the websites of one user do not affect the ones of another, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system identifies files that are accessed more frequently and copies them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and because of this we can balance the load on all of the drives, ensure their long lifespan, minimize the risk of disk failures and, of course, offer you a quick and reliable Internet hosting service.