A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to save information. The solid-state drives are still fairly new and more pricey than the classic hard disk drives (HDD), yet they are faster, so they are frequently used for Operating Systems and applications on both home computer systems and web servers. An SSD is recommended as it doesn't have spinning disks that restrict its speed and may cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. Most companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the content that is accessed more often will be stored on this type of drives, while all other content will be located on regular HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the price and overall performance of their Internet hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
In case you host your sites in a shared hosting account with us, you will definitely notice their exceptional performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses solely SSD drives for all the files, email addresses and databases and we do not use HDDs for any part of the website hosting service. In addition to the state-of-the-art ZFS file system, this configuration will raise the speed of your Internet sites significantly. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All the content which generates more traffic or creates 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 sites hosted with us will improve. This in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and reduces the chance of a disk failure, which is another guarantee for the integrity of any content which you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you register for one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, we will save your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all the databases and e-mails. This way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load very fast. We use dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive website content is duplicated automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a couple of heavy websites which generate plenty of reading and writing processes will not impact the other websites that share the exact same drive. By reducing the overall system load we also increase the lifespan of the primary storage drives and decrease the probability of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an extra level of stability for your content.