A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of every app running on it compared to an ordinary hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive uses multiple interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard disk uses spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to move, meaning the speed of an HDD is restricted. Because the prices of the two types of drives are different as well, many computer systems and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and a hard disk for file storage, thus balancing price and efficiency. A website hosting service provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are accessed frequently will be saved on this type of a drive for reaching improved loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard disks.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
If you host your sites in a web hosting account from us, you'll notice their fantastic performance. This is because our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all the files, email addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. Along with the state-of-the-art ZFS file system, this setup will raise the speed of your Internet sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All content that generates increased traffic or causes lots of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them instantly, so the load on the primary drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted with us will be better. This subsequently prolongs the life of the main drives and decreases the possibility of a disk failure, that is another guarantee for the reliability of all content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you purchase one of our semi-dedicated hosting packages, your websites will be stored on a cloud platform that uses exclusively SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and email messages. Together with the leading-edge ZFS file system that we use, this setup provides lightning-fast loading speed for any web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the Internet sites of one user will not affect the ones of another one, we also use numerous SSDs as cache - our system finds files that are accessed more frequently and clones them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and as a result we can balance the load on all drives, guarantee their long life-span, decrease the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a fast and reliable website hosting service.