A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which 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), however they are faster, so they are frequently employed for Operating Systems and applications on both PCs and servers. An SSD is preferred as it does not have spinning disks that limit its speed and can even cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. Many companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all the content which is accessed more often will be held on this type of drives, while all the other content will be held on conventional HDDs. The reason to use such a setup is to balance the cost and overall performance of their website hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs caused by intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
We use only SSDs on our advanced cloud web hosting platform and we have eliminated all HDDs on the production servers in order to provide lightning-fast loading speeds for every aspect of our services - files, e-mails and databases. Thus, any content that you upload to your hosting account will be reachable very fast. To improve the overall performance of the sites hosted on our end even more, we also use multiple SSDs which work solely as cache - our system stores regularly accessed content on them and upgrades it automatically. We use this kind of a configuration to guarantee that multi-media loaded Internet sites do not influence the performance of the other Internet sites hosted on our platform and that way all other sites can also take full advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. In addition, given that the load on the main drives is reduced, their life-span shall be longer, that is one more warranty for the safety and integrity of your information.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you sign up for one of our semi-dedicated hosting solutions, we will hold your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all databases and e-mail messages. This way, your script-driven applications and webmail will load speedily. We employ dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a couple of heavy sites that generate a lot of reading and writing processes shall not impact the other Internet sites which share the same drive. By reducing the overall load we also raise the lifespan of the main storage drives and reduce the probability of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of security for your site content.