A solid-state drive (SSD) boosts the performance of any app running on it compared to a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive uses a variety of interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD works by using spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, meaning the speed of an HDD is limited. As the prices of the two kinds of drives are different as well, a lot of computer systems and web servers are provided with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and an HDD for file storage, thus balancing price and overall performance. A website hosting provider may also use an SSD for caching purposes, which means that files which are used frequently will be stored on such a drive for accomplishing higher loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
Our top-notch cloud website hosting platform uses only SSD drives, so if you buy any of our hosting plans, you can take full advantage of the speed that the drives provide. We no longer use HDDs, so your files, databases and e-mails will all load from high-speed SSDs. For even better performance, we use caching SSDs. A group of drives are used by our system for each file which is accessed more regularly and the data on these drives is dynamically updated to make sure that all traffic-intensive files load from them. That way, the load on the main drives is decreased, so we can provide fantastic performance for all types of sites irrespective of how many times they're accessed and prevent a situation where some websites are affected by an excessive number of reading and writing processes created by others. This setup also improves the lifespan of the primary drives and reduces the possibility of disk failure.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you acquire one of our semi-dedicated server packages, your Internet sites will be stored on a cloud platform which employs only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and email messages. In addition to the cutting-edge ZFS file system that we use, this configuration provides fast loading speed for any web app hosted on our end. To ensure that the Internet sites of one customer do not affect the ones of another one, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system detects files that are accessed more frequently and duplicates them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and consequently we can balance the load on all of the drives, guarantee their extended lifespan, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a quick and reliable website hosting service.