A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules in order to store information. The solid-state drives remain fairly new and more pricey when compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), but they're much faster, so they are quite often employed for Operating Systems and apps on both desktops and web hosting servers. An SSD is recommended because it doesn't have spinning disks which restrict its speed and may even cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. Most companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the content which is accessed more often will be held on this type of drives, while all the other content will be located on regular HDDs. The reason to use such a setup is to balance the cost and performance of their hosting platform and to decrease the load on the HDDs caused by countless reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create cloud website hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new messages with webmail, the content will load quickly. To ensure even better speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All of the content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve that way apart from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus reduced potential for hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of protection for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
All semi-dedicated hosting accounts that we offer are generated on a cloud platform which employs solely SSD drives. We don't use HDDs anymore, so your websites will load amazingly quickly because we employ SSDs for every part of the service - files, databases and email addresses. As some users may host sites that could be more popular than others, we also use many drives for caching. Our system identifies any content which is loaded more regularly and copies it on these drives in order to load it from them. This setup is used for load-balancing purposes as we guarantee that several reading/writing intensive websites will not influence the performance of the rest of the Internet sites that are stored on the same primary drive. Using caching drives also raises the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and decreases the probability of disk failures.