A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of any application running on it when compared with a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive functions with a variety of interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard-disk drive employs spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to move, which means that the speed of an HDD is limited. Because the prices of the two kinds of drives are also different, numerous desktops and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and a hard disk for file storage, in this way balancing cost and performance. An Internet hosting provider can also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are used frequently will be held on such a drive for reaching improved loading speeds and for limiting the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
We use only SSDs on our state-of-the-art cloud web hosting platform and we've removed all HDDs on the production servers in order to provide better loading speeds for all aspects of our services - files, emails and databases. Thus, any content you upload to your shared web hosting account will be reachable very quickly. In order to enhance the overall performance of the websites hosted on our end even more, we also use a number of SSDs which function only as cache - our system saves often accessed content on them and updates it without delay. We take advantage of such a setup to ensure that resource-demanding Internet sites don't affect the performance of the other websites hosted on our platform and that way all other Internet sites can also take advantage of the speed which the SSD drives provide. What's more, since the load on the main drives is reduced, their lifespan will be longer, which is one more guarantee for the security and integrity of your information.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you sign up for one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, we'll hold your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all databases and emails. That way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load very quickly. We work with dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive content is copied automatically on these drives, so we make certain that a couple of heavy Internet sites that generate a lot of reading and writing processes can't influence the other websites that share the same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also raise the lifespan of the primary storage drives and decrease the chance of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an extra level of stability for your site content.