A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to store info. The solid-state drives are still relatively new and more expensive when compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), yet they're considerably faster, so they are ordinarily used for Operating Systems and apps on both personal computers and servers. An SSD is preferred as it doesn't have spinning disks which limit its speed and can cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. Lots of companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so all content which is accessed more frequently will be kept on this type of drives, while all the other content will be stored on standard HDDs. The reason to use this kind of a setup is to balance the cost and performance of their website hosting platform and to reduce the load on the HDDs caused by intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
In case you host your websites in a shared hosting account from our company, you'll notice their fantastic performance. This is because our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all the files, e-mail addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. In addition to the leading-edge ZFS file system, this configuration will boost the speed of your Internet sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use numerous SSDs for caching purposes only. All content which generates more traffic or creates lots of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them promptly, so that the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted on our end will be better. The latter in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and reduces the potential for a disk failure, that is a further warranty for the reliability of all content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we provide are generated on a cloud platform that uses solely SSD drives. We do not use HDDs any longer, so your websites will load extremely fast because we employ SSDs for each aspect of the service - files, databases and e-mails. Considering that some people may host sites that can be more frequently visited than others, we also use a number of drives for caching. Our system identifies all of the content which is accessed more frequently and clones it on these drives so as to load it from them. This setup is used for load-balancing purposes as we guarantee that several reading/writing intensive sites will not influence the performance of the other Internet sites that are stored on the same primary drive. Using caching drives also raises the life-span of the main storage SSDs and reduces the probability of disk failures.