A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules to store info. The solid-state drives remain fairly new and more expensive compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), but they are much faster, so they are quite often used for Operating Systems and applications on both home computer systems and web servers. An SSD is preferred because it doesn't have spinning disks which limit its speed and may cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. A large number of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so any website content that is accessed more frequently will be held on this type of drives, while all the other content will be kept on regular HDDs. The reason to use this type of a configuration is to balance the cost and performance of their Internet hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs caused by numerous reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Website Hosting
If you host your websites in a cloud website hosting account from us, you'll notice their fantastic performance. This is because our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all files, emails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the web hosting service. Together with the leading-edge ZFS file system, this configuration will raise the speed of your websites significantly. For load-balancing, we also use multiple SSDs for caching purposes only. All of the content that generates more traffic or causes lots of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them automatically, so that the load on the primary drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted with us will be better. The abovementioned subsequently prolongs the life of the primary drives and decreases the possibility of a disk failure, which is a further guarantee for the reliability of any content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you need speed and fantastic performance for your sites, our semi-dedicated hosting accounts shall be a very suitable solution since they are made on a cloud platform that employs SSDs for every part of the service - e-mail addresses, databases and files. This way, every site that you host on our end will load fast. Similar to other service providers, we also use SSDs for caching, but since all storage drives are solid-state ones, you will be able to take advantage of the top-notch performance at all times and whatever the type of your sites. The caching drives are used for load-balancing and all of the frequently accessed content is copied on them, which both lowers the load and ensures the excellent performance of all websites that load directly from the main drives. The lifespan of the latter is also increased because there will be substantially less reading and writing processes on them.