A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of each application running on it compared with an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive uses a number of interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, an HDD functions with spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, so the speed of an HDD is limited. As the prices of the two types of drives also differ, many computer systems and web servers are provided with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and a hard disk for file storage, thus balancing price and overall performance. An Internet hosting service provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, which means that files which are used regularly will be stored on such a drive for accomplishing improved loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create cloud website hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so no matter if you load a page or check for new e-mail messages through webmail, the content will load instantly. In order to ensure even higher speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All the content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve that way apart from the improved speed is decreased overall load, thus reduced potential for hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you need speed and outstanding performance for your websites, our semi-dedicated hosting accounts shall be a really suitable solution because they are made on a cloud platform which employs SSDs for each part of the service - emails, databases and files. That way, every single website that you host on our end will load fast. Just like other providers, we also use SSDs for caching, but since all storage drives are solid-state ones, you'll be able to take advantage of the top performance at all times and regardless of the nature of your Internet sites. The caching drives are used for load-balancing and all of the frequently accessed content is copied on them, which both minimizes the load and guarantees the excellent performance of all websites which load from the main drives. The lifespan of the latter will also be increased because there'll be a lot less reading and writing processes on them.