A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules to save data. The solid-state drives are still fairly new and more expensive than the standard hard disk drives (HDD), however they're considerably faster, so they are often used for Operating Systems and applications on both desktops and servers. An SSD is preferred because it doesn't have spinning disks that limit its speed and could cause overheating like it could happen with an HDD. A lot of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all the website content that is accessed more frequently will be stored on this kind of drives, while all other content will be kept on standard HDDs. The reason to use this type of a configuration is to balance the cost and overall performance of their hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs caused by intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
In case you host your websites in a cloud hosting account from us, you will notice their exceptional performance. This is because our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all of the files, emails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the website hosting service. Together with the revolutionary ZFS file system, this setup will increase the speed of your Internet sites drastically. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. All of the content that generates more traffic or causes plenty of reading/writing processes is copied on them instantly, so the load on the primary drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted on our end will improve. The latter in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and lessens the possibility of a disk failure, which is an additional warranty for the integrity of any content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated hosting solutions, we'll save your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all databases and emails. Thus, your script-driven applications and webmail will load extremely fast. We use dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive site content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a number of heavy sites that generate plenty of reading and writing processes shall not affect the other Internet sites which share the same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also increase the lifespan of the main storage disks and reduce the possibility of a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add one more level of stability for your content.