A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to store data. The solid-state drives are still relatively new and more pricey when compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), but they are much faster, so they are ordinarily used for Operating Systems and apps on both home computer systems and servers. An SSD is preferred because it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and may cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. Numerous companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the website content that is accessed more frequently will be held on this type of drives, while all the other content will be kept on standard HDDs. The reason to use this type of a setup is to balance the cost and overall performance of their Internet hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
The cloud platform where we make shared hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, email addresses and databases, so regardless if you load a page or check for new e-mails with webmail, the content will load very quickly. In order to ensure even greater speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All of the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve this way except for the improved speed is reduced overall load, thus reduced potential for hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of security 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 that employs exclusively SSD drives. We don't use HDDs any longer, so your websites will load quickly because we use SSDs for each part of the service - files, databases and e-mail addresses. Considering that some customers may host Internet sites which are more popular than others, we also use many drives for caching. Our system identifies any content that is loaded more frequently and copies it on these drives in order to load it from them. This configuration is used for load-balancing purposes as we ensure that several reading/writing intensive websites will not affect the performance of the other Internet sites which are stored on the same primary drive. Using caching drives also increases the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and decreases the possibility of disk failures.