A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules so as to save information. The solid-state drives remain relatively new and more pricey compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), but they are faster, so they are often used for Operating Systems and apps on both PCs and web servers. An SSD is preferred because it doesn't have spinning disks which limit its speed and could cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. Most companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so any website content that is accessed more often will be stored on this kind of drives, while all other content will be stored on regular HDDs. The reason to use this type of a setup is to balance the price and overall performance of their Internet hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs caused by intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
We use solely SSDs on our top-notch cloud hosting platform and we have eliminated all HDDs on the production servers as to offer better loading speeds for all aspects of our services - files, e-mails and databases. Thus, all the content which you upload to your shared hosting account will be reachable very fast. To improve the performance of the sites hosted on our end even more, we also use a number of SSDs which function solely as cache - our system stores regularly accessed content on them and upgrades it automatically. We take advantage of such a setup to guarantee that multi-media heavy sites don't affect the performance of the other sites hosted on our platform and that way all other Internet sites can also take advantage of the speed which the SSD drives provide. What's more, due to the fact that the load on the main drives is decreased, their lifespan shall be longer, that is one more guarantee for the safety and stability of your data.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you get one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform which uses solely SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and e-mail messages. Together with the advanced ZFS file system that we use, this setup provides very fast loading speed for each web application hosted on our end. To guarantee that the websites of one user won't affect the ones of another, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system detects files which are accessed more frequently and copies them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and therefore we can balance the load on all drives, guarantee their extended lifespan, lower the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a quick and reliable web hosting service.