A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of each application running on it when compared to a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD functions with a variety of interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard disk features spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is restricted. Since the prices of the two kinds of drives also differ, many computer systems and web servers are provided with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, in this way balancing price and effectiveness. A web hosting service provider may also use an SSD for caching purposes, thus files that are used frequently will be saved on such a drive for accomplishing higher loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting
We use exclusively SSDs on our leading-edge cloud hosting platform and we have eliminated all HDDs on our production servers as to provide improved loading speeds for every part of our services - files, emails and databases. This way, all of the content you upload to your shared website hosting account will be reachable 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 that work only as cache - our system saves repeatedly accessed content on them and upgrades it automatically. We use such a configuration to ensure that traffic-intensive Internet sites will never affect the performance of the other Internet sites hosted on our platform and that way all other Internet sites can also take advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. In addition, since the load on the main drives is decreased, their life-span will be longer, which is one more guarantee for the security and integrity of your data.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
All semi-dedicated hosting accounts that we offer are created on a cloud platform that uses exclusively SSD drives. We do not use HDDs anymore, so your websites will load very quickly as we use SSDs for each aspect of the service - files, databases and e-mails. As some people may host websites which can be more frequently visited than others, we also use multiple drives for caching. Our system finds all the content which is loaded 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 ensure that several reading/writing intensive Internet sites will not affect the performance of the rest of the Internet sites which are stored on the very same main drive. Using caching drives also raises the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and decreases the possibility of disk failures.