A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of any app running on it as compared with a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD employs a number of interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard-disk drive works by using spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, meaning the speed of an HDD is fixed. As the prices of the two types of drives are different as well, a large number of PCs and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and a hard disk for file storage, in this way balancing cost and effectiveness. A hosting service provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, which means that files that are accessed repeatedly will be saved on such a drive for reaching improved loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
We use only SSDs on our advanced cloud web hosting platform and we've removed all HDDs on the production servers so as to offer improved loading speeds for all aspects of our services - files, emails and databases. Thus, all of the content you upload to your cloud hosting account will be accessible amazingly quickly. In order to boost the performance of the websites hosted on our end even more, we also use multiple SSDs that function only as cache - our system stores frequently accessed content on them and updates it without delay. We employ this type of a configuration to ensure that traffic-intensive Internet sites do not affect the performance of the other sites hosted on our platform and this way all other sites can also take full advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. Furthermore, due to the fact that the load on the main drives is reduced, their lifespan will be longer, which is one more warranty for the security and integrity of your information.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we offer are created on a cloud platform which uses only SSD drives. We do not use HDDs anymore, so your websites will load extremely fast because we use SSDs for each part of the service - files, databases and email addresses. Considering that some customers may host websites which can be more frequently visited than others, we also use numerous drives for caching. Our system identifies all the content which is loaded more often and duplicates it on these drives in order to load it from them. This setup is used for load-balancing purposes as we make sure that several reading/writing intensive sites will not influence the performance of the rest of the sites which are stored on the very same main drive. Using caching drives also raises the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and reduces the probability of disk failures.