A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to save info. The SSDs remain fairly new and more expensive than the standard hard disk drives (HDD), but they're faster, so they are frequently employed for Operating Systems and applications on both personal computers and servers. An SSD is recommended because it does not have spinning disks which limit its speed and can even cause overheating like it could happen with an HDD. A large number of companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the content that is accessed more often will be kept on this type of drives, while all the other content will be kept on regular HDDs. The main reason to use this type of a setup is to balance the price and performance of their web hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we create web hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new messages using webmail, the content will load quickly. So as to ensure even better speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve by doing this apart from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of protection for any information that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you need speed and top-notch performance for your websites, our semi-dedicated server accounts will be a very suitable solution as they're created on a cloud platform which employs SSDs for every part of the service - email addresses, databases and files. That way, each website that you host on our end will load fast. Just like other companies, we also use SSDs for caching, but since all storage drives are solid-state ones, you can take advantage of the good performance all the time and regardless of the nature of your sites. The caching solid-state drives are used for load-balancing and all of the frequently accessed content is copied on them, which both decreases the load and guarantees the optimal performance of all sites which load from the primary drives. The lifespan of the latter is also increased because there'll be considerably less reading and writing processes on them.