A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of any application running on it in comparison to a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive functions with multiple interconnected flash memory modules, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, an HDD works by using spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, which means that the speed of an HDD is restricted. Since the cost of the two types of drives also differ, many PCs and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, this way balancing price and overall performance. An Internet hosting provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are used regularly will be stored on such a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the hard disks.

SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud platform where we make shared website hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless of whether you load a page or check for new e-mail messages through webmail, the content will load very quickly. So as to ensure even higher speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All of the content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve that way except for the better speed is lowered overall load, thus lower probability of hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of protection for any data that you upload to your account.

SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers

All semi-dedicated server accounts that we provide are created on a cloud platform which employs exclusively SSD drives. We don't use HDDs any longer, so your Internet sites will load extremely fast because we employ SSDs for every part of the service - files, databases and emails. As some customers may host Internet sites that are more popular than others, we also use multiple drives for caching. Our system discovers all the content which is loaded more often and clones it on these drives so as to load it from them. This configuration is used for load-balancing purposes as we make sure that several reading/writing intensive websites will not affect the performance of the rest of the Internet sites that are stored on the very same main drive. Using caching drives also raises the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and reduces the potential for disk failures.