A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of any app running on it compared with a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD functions with multiple interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, an HDD works by using spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, meaning the speed of an HDD is fixed. Because the prices of the two types of drives are different as well, a lot of PCs and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and an HDD for data storage, in this way balancing price and efficiency. A web hosting service provider can also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, thus files that are used repeatedly will be kept on such a drive for reaching better loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we make web hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new messages with webmail, the content will load instantly. To ensure even higher speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All the content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve in this way in addition to the better speed is lowered overall load, thus decreased potential for hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of security for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you want speed and top-notch performance for your websites, our semi-dedicated server accounts shall be a really suitable solution since they are made on a cloud platform which employs SSDs for each part of the service - e-mail addresses, databases and files. This way, each and every website that you host with us will load fast. Similar to other service providers, we also use SSDs for caching, but since all storage drives are solid-state ones, you can take advantage of the top performance at all times and regardless of the type of your sites. The caching drives are used for load-balancing and all frequently accessed content is copied on them, which both lowers the load and provides the excellent performance of all sites that load directly from the primary drives. The lifespan of the latter will also be increased considering that there will be significantly less reading and writing processes on them.