A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules to store info. The SSDs remain fairly new and more expensive compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), however they are considerably faster, so they are quite often used for Operating Systems and apps on both PCs and web servers. An SSD is recommended because it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and can cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. Lots of companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so any content that is accessed more frequently will be located on this type of drives, while all the other content will be located on conventional HDDs. The reason to use such a setup is to balance the price and performance of their website hosting platform and to decrease the load on the HDDs caused by intense 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 websites will load extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, email addresses and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new e-mails through webmail, the content will load right away. To ensure even higher speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. Any content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve in this way aside from the better speed is reduced overall load, thus reduced possibility of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the main drives, that's one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated server plans, we'll store your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all databases and email messages. This way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load amazingly quickly. We work with dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a couple of heavy sites that generate a considerable amount of reading and writing processes shall not influence the other websites that share the very same drive. By reducing the overall system load we also boost the lifespan of the primary storage drives and decrease the chance of a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of security for your site content.