A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of each application running on it when compared with a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD employs multiple interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard-disk drive works by using spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, meaning the speed of an HDD is restricted. Because the cost of the two kinds of drives also differ, a large number of PCs and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and a hard disk for data storage, this way balancing price and performance. An Internet hosting provider could also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are used regularly will be kept on such a drive for reaching higher loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard-disk drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
We use only SSDs on our cutting-edge cloud web hosting platform and we have eliminated all HDDs on our production servers in order to offer improved loading speeds for every part of our services - files, e-mails and databases. That way, all the content that you upload to your cloud hosting account will be reachable amazingly quickly. To boost the overall performance of the websites hosted on our end even more, we also use a number of SSDs which function only as cache - our system stores regularly accessed content on them and upgrades it instantly. We take advantage of such a configuration to make sure that resource-demanding Internet sites do not influence the performance of the other sites hosted on our platform and that way all other Internet sites can also take advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. In addition, given that the load on the main drives is reduced, their life-span will be longer, that is one more guarantee for the security and integrity of your data.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we offer are made on a cloud platform which employs exclusively SSD drives. We don't use HDDs anymore, so your sites will load very fast as we use SSDs for every aspect of the service - files, databases and emails. As some users may host sites which could be more frequently visited than others, we also use a number of drives for caching. Our system finds all of the content that is accessed more frequently and clones it on these drives so as to load it from them. This setup is used for load-balancing purposes as we ensure that several reading/writing intensive sites will not affect the performance of the other websites that are stored on the very same primary drive. Using caching drives also raises the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and reduces the potential for disk failures.