A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of any app running on it compared with a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive works by using multiple interconnected flash memory modules, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD functions with spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is restricted. Because the cost of the two kinds of drives are also different, many personal computers and web servers are provided with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and an HDD for file storage, thus balancing cost and performance. An Internet hosting service provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, which means that files that are used very often will be located on such a drive for achieving higher loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create website hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless of whether you load a page or check for new e-mails using webmail, the content will load right away. In order to offer even greater speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All of the content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better efficiency. What we achieve by doing this apart from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased chance of hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the main drives, that's one more level of protection for any info 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 plans, we will store your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all the databases and e-mails. Thus, your script-driven applications and webmail will load speedily. We employ dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive website content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we make certain that a number of heavy sites which generate a lot of reading and writing processes can't affect the other sites that share the exact same drive. By reduction of the overall load we also raise the lifespan of the main storage drives and decrease the probability of a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of security for your website content.