A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to store info. The solid-state drives are still fairly new and more expensive than the classic hard disk drives (HDD), but they are much faster, so they are often employed for Operating Systems and apps on both desktops and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred as it doesn't have spinning disks that restrict its speed and may cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. Many companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so any site content which is accessed more frequently will be held on this type of drives, while all the other content will be located on regular HDDs. The reason to use such a setup is to balance the cost and performance of their website hosting platform and to reduce the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
We use exclusively SSDs on our leading-edge cloud hosting platform and we have removed all HDDs on our production servers as to offer improved loading speeds for every part of our services - files, emails and databases. Thus, all of the content that you upload to your cloud hosting account will be accessible very quickly. In order to improve the performance of the sites hosted on our end even more, we also use multiple SSDs which work exclusively as cache - our system saves often accessed content on them and upgrades it automatically. We use this type of a configuration to guarantee that traffic-intensive sites don't influence the performance of the other sites hosted on our platform and this way all other websites can also take advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. What's more, since the load on the main drives is reduced, their lifespan will be longer, which is one more warranty for the security and integrity of your data.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you acquire one of our semi-dedicated hosting packages, your websites will be stored on a cloud platform that uses only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and emails. In addition to the leading-edge ZFS file system that we use, this setup guarantees fast loading speed for each web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the websites of one customer won't affect the ones of another, we also use numerous SSDs as cache - our system finds files which are accessed more frequently and copies them, so that 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 of the drives, ensure their extended life-span, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a super fast and reliable Internet hosting service.