A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of each application running on it as compared with a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD functions with many different interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard disk works by using spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to move, which means that the speed of an HDD is fixed. As the prices of the two types of drives also differ, numerous desktops and web servers are provided with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and a hard disk for file storage, thus balancing cost and overall performance. An Internet hosting service provider may also use an SSD for caching purposes, so files that are used very often will be located on such a drive for reaching better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we make cloud web hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web apps and static websites will open extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new email messages using webmail, the content will load immediately. In order to ensure even greater speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All the content which 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 improved performance. What we achieve this way in addition to the better speed is reduced overall load, thus lower probability of hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the main drives, that is one more level of security for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you purchase one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform which uses exclusively SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and emails. Together with the revolutionary ZFS file system that we use, this setup guarantees very fast loading speed for any web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the Internet sites of one customer will not affect the ones of another, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system identifies files that are accessed more frequently and copies them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and as a result we can balance the load on all drives, guarantee their extended lifespan, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide a quick and reliable web hosting service.