A solid-state drive is really quicker than any regular hard disk. It is because an HDD works by using spinning disks, that can rotate only so fast and the more info is read and written, the slower and hotter they get, at the same time an SDD works with modules of flash memory, therefore there are no physically moving components. The access speeds for an SSD are significantly higher, which makes this type of drives the right solution if speed is needed. Because of this SSDs are frequently employed for the Operating System on a home PC and for saving data that's used repeatedly on web servers. A lot of service providers also use a combination of both drives, so they store the data on hard-disks, but they use several solid-state drives so as to cache the more frequently used data and as a consequence, the data loads a lot faster while the load on the HDDs is decreased as their disks have to spin less frequently in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we make web hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will load extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, email addresses and databases, so no matter if you open a page or check for new e-mails with webmail, the content will load quickly. So as to offer even better speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for improved performance. What we achieve by doing this apart from the improved speed is decreased overall load, thus lower probability of hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, that's one more level of protection for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated server plans, we'll save your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all the databases and email messages. This way, your script-driven applications and webmail will load speedily. We work with dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive website content is duplicated automatically on these drives, so we make certain that several heavy Internet sites that generate plenty of reading and writing processes will not impact the other sites which share the very same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also increase the lifespan of the primary storage drives and decrease the potential for a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an extra level of security for your website content.