A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of every app running on it when compared to a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive functions with a variety of interconnected flash memory modules, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD functions with spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, which means that the speed of an HDD is restricted. Because the cost of the two types of drives are also different, numerous desktops and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and a hard disk for data storage, in this way balancing cost and overall performance. An Internet hosting service provider could also use an SSD for caching purposes, so files that are used frequently will be held on this type of a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
If you host your websites in a shared web hosting account from our company, you'll notice their fantastic performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all the files, email addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the website hosting service. Along with the revolutionary ZFS file system, this configuration will increase the speed of your sites drastically. For load-balancing, we also use numerous SSDs for caching purposes only. Any content that generates more traffic or creates plenty of reading/writing processes is copied on them promptly, so the load on the primary drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted with us will be better. This in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and decreases the chance of a disk failure, which is another guarantee for the reliability of any content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we offer are created on a cloud platform which uses solely SSD drives. We do not use HDDs any longer, so your websites will load quickly because we employ SSDs for every part of the service - files, databases and e-mails. Considering that some people may host Internet sites that can be more frequently visited than others, we also use a number of drives for caching. Our system discovers all the content that is accessed more often and duplicates it on these drives in order to load it from them. This setup 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 sites which are stored on the same main drive. Using caching drives also raises the life-span of the main storage SSDs and decreases the chance of disk failures.