A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to store data. The solid-state drives are still relatively new and more expensive when compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), but they are considerably faster, so they are often used for Operating Systems and applications on both desktops and hosting servers. An SSD is preferred as it does not have spinning disks which limit its speed and could cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. A lot of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so any content which is accessed more often will be located on such drives, while all other content will be stored on ordinary HDDs. The reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the price and performance of their website hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs resulting from countless reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
The cloud platform where we create cloud hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new e-mails through webmail, the content will load right away. To ensure even higher speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All of the content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for much better efficiency. What we achieve in this way in addition to the better speed is lowered overall load, thus lower potential for hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, which is one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated server plans, we will save your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all the databases and emails. That way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load speedily. We use dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a couple of heavy Internet sites that generate a lot of reading and writing processes won't impact the other Internet sites which share the same drive. By reducing the overall load we also boost the lifespan of the primary storage disks and reduce the chance of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of security for your site content.