A solid-state drive is much faster than any normal hard disk. The reason is that an HDD uses rotating disks, which can rotate only so fast and the more information is read and written, the slower and hotter they get, whereas an SDD operates with modules of flash memory, hence there are no actually moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are much higher, which makes this sort of drives an ideal solution if speed is needed. Because of this SSDs are in many cases used for the Operating System on a computer system and for keeping data which is accessed regularly on servers. A large number of service providers also use a combination of the two drives, so they save the data on hard-disks, but they use several solid-state drives so as to cache the more frequently used data and because of that, the data loads much quicker while the load on the HDDs is reduced because their disks need to spin less often in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we create shared web hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static Internet sites will load very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so regardless if you load a page or check for new messages using webmail, the content will load without delay. To offer even greater speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better efficiency. What we achieve in this way in addition to the improved speed is reduced overall load, thus reduced probability of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of security for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you purchase one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your websites will be stored on a cloud platform which uses only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and e-mail messages. Together with the advanced ZFS file system that we use, this configuration provides very fast loading speed for any web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the sites of one customer won't affect the ones of another, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system discovers files which are accessed more frequently and clones them, so that they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and because of this we can balance the load on all of the drives, warrant their long lifespan, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, offer you a fast and reliable Internet hosting service.