A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to save data. The solid-state drives are still relatively new and more pricey when compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), however they're faster, so they are often used for Operating Systems and apps on both PCs and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred because it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and can even cause overheating as it could happen with an HDD. A lot of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all content which is accessed more often will be held on this type of drives, while all other content will be kept on ordinary HDDs. The reason to use such a setup is to balance the price and performance of their website hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs resulting from numerous reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
The cloud platform where we create cloud hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web apps and static websites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new email messages with webmail, the content will load very quickly. So as to ensure even better speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All of the content which generates lots 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 improved efficiency. What we achieve this way in addition to the better speed is lowered overall load, thus reduced possibility of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, which is one more level of protection for any information that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated server solutions, we'll hold your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all of the databases and email messages. This way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load very quickly. We employ dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a number of heavy Internet sites which generate a lot of reading and writing processes won't affect the other Internet sites that share the exact same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also boost the lifespan of the primary storage disks and reduce the chance of a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add another level of stability for your content.