A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of every app running on it compared to a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive works by using multiple interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, an HDD features spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is limited. As the cost of the two kinds of drives are also different, many personal computers and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and a hard disk for data storage, thus balancing price and overall performance. A website hosting provider can also use an SSD for caching purposes, which means that files that are accessed very often will be held on this type of a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we make web hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, email addresses and databases, so regardless of whether you load a page or check for new email messages with webmail, the content will load quickly. In order to ensure even greater speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All of the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve that way aside from the improved speed is reduced overall load, thus lower possibility of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, that's one more level of protection for any info that 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 employs solely SSD drives. We don't use HDDs anymore, so your Internet sites will load amazingly quickly as we employ SSDs for each aspect of the service - files, databases and e-mail addresses. Considering that some people may host websites which could be more frequently visited than others, we also use numerous drives for caching. Our system discovers all the content that is loaded more frequently and duplicates it on these drives so as to load it from them. This configuration is used for load-balancing purposes as we make sure that several reading/writing intensive websites will not influence the performance of the other websites which are stored on the very same main drive. Using caching drives also raises the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and reduces the probability of disk failures.