A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of every application running on it compared with a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive functions with a number of interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard disk contains spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to move, meaning the speed of an HDD is fixed. Since the cost of the two kinds of drives also differ, lots of PCs and web servers are provided with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and an HDD for file storage, in this way balancing price and efficiency. A web hosting service provider can also use an SSD for caching purposes, so files which are accessed regularly will be held on this type of a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting
We use solely SSDs on our advanced cloud web hosting platform and we have eliminated all HDDs on the production servers in order to ensure outstanding loading speeds for all aspects of our services - files, e-mails and databases. This way, any content which you upload to your shared website hosting account will be accessible very quickly. In order to improve the performance of the sites hosted on our end even more, we also use a number of SSDs which function exclusively as cache - our system saves frequently accessed content on them and updates it instantly. We employ this kind of a configuration to make sure that resource-demanding Internet sites don't affect the performance of the other Internet sites hosted on our platform and this way all other websites can also take full advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. What's more, given that the load on the main drives is reduced, their lifespan will be longer, which is one more warranty for the safety and integrity of your information.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server packages, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform that employs only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and email messages. In addition to the advanced ZFS file system that we use, this configuration ensures very fast loading speed for each web app hosted on our end. To guarantee that the sites of one user won't affect the ones of another, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system discovers files which are accessed more frequently and copies them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and therefore we can balance the load on all drives, warrant their extended life-span, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide you with a fast and reliable Internet hosting service.