A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of every application running on it as compared with a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD functions with many different interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard-disk drive works by using spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is restricted. As the prices of the two types of drives are also different, numerous personal computers and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, thus balancing cost and efficiency. A web hosting provider may also use an SSD for caching purposes, which means that files that are accessed repeatedly will be saved on such a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard disks.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
Our state-of-the-art cloud website hosting platform uses solely SSD drives, so if you purchase any of our hosting solutions, you'll take full advantage of the speed that the drives provide. We no longer use hard disk drives, so your files, databases and emails will all load from quick SSDs. For even better performance, we use caching solid-state drives. A group of drives are used by our system for each file that's accessed more regularly and the data on these drives is dynamically refreshed to ensure that all the traffic-intensive files load from them. This way, the load on the primary drives is lowered, so we can ensure excellent performance for all kinds of Internet sites irrespective of how often they are accessed and avoid a situation where some Internet sites are affected by too many reading and writing processes created by others. This setup also raises the lifespan of the main drives and reduces the possibility of disk failure.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
All semi-dedicated hosting accounts that we provide are generated on a cloud platform which uses solely SSD drives. We do not use HDDs any longer, so your websites will load very fast as we use SSDs for all aspects of the service - files, databases and emails. Considering that some customers may host websites which can be more popular than others, we also use numerous drives for caching. Our system identifies all of the content which 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 guarantee that several reading/writing intensive websites will not affect the performance of the other Internet sites that are stored on the very same main drive. Using caching drives also increases the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and decreases the potential for disk failures.