A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to save information. The SSDs remain fairly new and more pricey when compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are much faster, so they are often used for Operating Systems and apps on both PCs and servers. An SSD is preferred because it doesn't have spinning disks that restrict its speed and could cause overheating as it could happen with an HDD. A number of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all the site content which is accessed more often will be located on this kind of drives, while all other content will be kept on standard HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the price and performance of their hosting platform and to decrease the load on the HDDs resulting from numerous reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we make website hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will load very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, email addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new messages with webmail, the content will load promptly. So as to offer even better speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All of the content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the main storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better efficiency. What we achieve this way in addition to the better speed is lowered overall load, thus lower possibility of hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the main drives, which is one more level of security for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated hosting solutions, we will keep your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all of the databases and emails. Thus, your script-driven applications and webmail will load very fast. We work with dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive website content is copied automatically on these drives, so we make certain that a number of heavy Internet sites that generate a large amount of reading and writing processes won't impact the other websites that share the very same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also boost the lifespan of the primary storage drives and decrease the chance of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add another level of security for your site content.