A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to store information. The SSDs are still fairly new and more pricey compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are considerably faster, so they are often employed for Operating Systems and applications on both home computer systems and web hosting servers. An SSD is recommended because it does not have spinning disks which restrict its speed and can cause overheating like it could happen with an HDD. A number of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all the site content which is accessed more frequently will be located on such drives, while all the other content will be kept on regular HDDs. The main reason to use such a configuration is to balance the price and overall performance of their Internet hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
We use solely SSDs on our leading-edge cloud hosting platform and we have eliminated all HDDs on the production servers in order to ensure lightning-fast loading speeds for every aspect of our services - files, emails and databases. Thus, all of the content which you upload to your web hosting account will be accessible very quickly. In order to improve the overall performance of the Internet sites hosted on our end even further, we also use a number of SSDs which function exclusively as cache - our system saves repeatedly accessed content on them and upgrades it without delay. We take advantage of such a setup to guarantee that multi-media heavy Internet sites don't influence the performance of the other Internet sites hosted on our platform and this way all other websites can also take advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. In addition, due to the fact that the load on the main drives is reduced, their lifespan will be longer, that's one more warranty for the security and integrity of your information.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your Internet sites will be stored on a cloud platform that uses only SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and e-mail messages. In addition to the leading-edge ZFS file system that we use, this setup provides extremely fast loading speed for every web app hosted on our end. To ensure that the sites of one user will not affect the ones of another one, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system detects files that are accessed more frequently and duplicates them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and as a result we can balance the load on all the drives, ensure their long life-span, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide a super fast and reliable website hosting service.