A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of any app running on it compared with a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive employs a variety of interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard-disk drive employs spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, which means that the speed of an HDD is fixed. As the prices of the two kinds of drives also differ, a large number of personal computers and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, this way balancing price and efficiency. A website hosting service provider can also use an SSD for caching purposes, thus files which are accessed very often will be kept on this type of a drive for achieving improved loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
The cloud platform where we create hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web apps and static Internet sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new emails through webmail, the content will load promptly. To offer even higher speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which work 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. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve this way apart from the improved speed is lowered overall load, thus reduced potential for hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of security for any information that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you buy one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your websites will be stored on a cloud platform which uses only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and email messages. Together with the revolutionary ZFS file system that we use, this setup provides very fast loading speed for every web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the Internet sites of one customer will not affect the ones of another, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system detects files which are accessed more frequently and duplicates them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and as a result we can balance the load on all drives, guarantee their long lifespan, minimize the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide you with a super fast and reliable web hosting service.