A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to store information. The solid-state drives remain relatively new and more expensive when compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are considerably faster, so they are ordinarily used for Operating Systems and apps on both personal computers and web servers. An SSD is preferred as it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and may cause overheating like it could happen with an HDD. Many companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the site content which is accessed more frequently will be kept on this type of drives, while all the other content will be held on standard HDDs. The main reason to use such a setup is to balance the price and performance of their hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs caused by numerous reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
If you host your sites in a shared hosting account with our company, you'll definitely notice their excellent performance. This is because our cloud platform uses solely SSD drives for all files, emails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. In addition to the innovative ZFS file system, this setup will increase the speed of your sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. Any content that generates more traffic or causes a lot of reading/writing processes is copied on them automatically, so that the load on the main drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted on our end will be better. The aforementioned subsequently prolongs the life of the main drives and reduces the potential for a disk failure, which is a further guarantee for the reliability of all content which you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
All semi-dedicated hosting accounts that we offer are created on a cloud platform which employs exclusively SSD drives. We do not use HDDs any longer, so your Internet sites will load quickly as we use SSDs for each aspect of the service - files, databases and emails. Considering that some people may host sites that are more popular than others, we also use multiple drives for caching. Our system detects all of the content which is accessed more often and copies it on these drives in order to load it from them. This setup is used for load-balancing purposes as we ensure that several reading/writing intensive websites will not affect the performance of the rest of the sites that are stored on the same main drive. Using caching drives also increases the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and decreases the chance of disk failures.