A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules to store data. The SSDs remain relatively new and more pricey compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are much faster, so they are ordinarily employed for Operating Systems and applications on both home computer systems and hosting servers. An SSD is recommended as it doesn't have spinning disks that limit its speed and can cause overheating as it could happen with an HDD. Lots of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the content that is accessed more frequently will be held on this kind of drives, while all other content will be located on standard HDDs. The main reason to use this type of a setup is to balance the cost and overall performance of their hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create website hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will open extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new email messages through webmail, the content will load immediately. So as to offer even higher speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the main storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve by doing this apart from the better speed is reduced overall load, thus reduced chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, that's one more level of security for any information that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you acquire one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your websites will be stored on a cloud platform which uses exclusively SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and emails. Along with the revolutionary ZFS file system that we use, this configuration ensures lightning-fast loading speed for every web application hosted on our end. To guarantee that the websites of one customer will not affect the ones of another one, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system detects files which are accessed more frequently and clones them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and because of this we can balance the load on all of the drives, guarantee their extended life-span, lower the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a super fast and reliable website hosting service.