A solid-state drive is considerably faster than any standard hard disk. It is because an HDD employs spinning disks, that can rotate only so fast and the more data is read and written, the slower and warmer they become, while an SDD works with modules of flash memory, hence there are no physically moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are a lot higher, which makes this sort of drives an ideal solution any time speed is needed. That's why SSDs are in many cases used for the Operating System on a PC and for keeping data which is accessed often on hosting servers. Many providers also use a combination of the two drives, so they store the data on hard drives, but they use a couple of SSDs in order to cache the more often used data and due to this fact, the data loads much quicker while the load on the HDDs is decreased because their disks have to spin less often to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create website hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so no matter if you load a page or check for new messages using webmail, the content will load promptly. So as to offer even higher speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. Any content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for improved performance. What we achieve that way in addition to the better speed is reduced overall load, thus lower chance of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, which is one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you acquire one of our semi-dedicated server packages, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform that uses only SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and e-mail messages. In addition to the leading-edge ZFS file system that we use, this setup provides lightning-fast loading speed for each web application hosted on our end. To guarantee that the sites of one customer don't affect the ones of another one, we also use numerous SSDs as cache - our system detects files which 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 because of this we can balance the load on all drives, ensure their long lifespan, lower the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide you with a super fast and reliable web hosting service.