A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules to store data. The solid-state drives are still relatively new and more expensive when compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), however they're much faster, so they are quite often employed for Operating Systems and applications on both personal computers and web servers. An SSD is recommended as it doesn't have spinning disks which restrict its speed and may even cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. A large number of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the site content which is accessed more frequently will be held on this type of drives, while all other content will be held on regular HDDs. The main reason to use this type of a configuration is to balance the cost and overall performance of their web hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs caused by intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
We use only SSDs on our state-of-the-art cloud hosting platform and we have removed all HDDs on our production servers as to provide outstanding loading speeds for all aspects of our services - files, emails and databases. This way, any content that you upload to your website hosting account will be accessible very quickly. In order to improve the overall performance of the Internet sites hosted on our end even further, we also use a number of SSDs that work exclusively as cache - our system saves routinely accessed content on them and upgrades it instantly. We use this type of a configuration to guarantee that traffic-intensive Internet sites will never influence the performance of the other websites hosted on our platform and this way all other sites can also take advantage of the speed which the SSD drives provide. In addition, since the load on the main drives is decreased, their lifespan shall be longer, that's one more guarantee for the safety and stability of your information.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you get one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, your Internet sites will be stored on a cloud platform which uses solely SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and e-mails. In addition to the revolutionary ZFS file system that we use, this setup ensures very fast loading speed for each web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the websites of one user will not affect the ones of another, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system identifies files which are accessed more frequently and clones them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and therefore we can balance the load on all the drives, guarantee their long lifespan, decrease the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a fast and reliable Internet hosting service.