A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of every application running on it as compared to a regular hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD uses multiple interconnected flash memory units, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard disk features spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is fixed. As the prices of the two kinds of drives are different as well, a large number of computer systems and web servers are set up with an SSD for the operating system and random applications, and an HDD for data storage, thus balancing price and efficiency. A hosting provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files which are used very often will be held on such a drive for reaching better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the HDDs.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
If you host your sites in a shared hosting account with us, you'll notice their exceptional performance. This is because our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all the files, e-mail addresses and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. In addition to the cutting-edge ZFS file system, this setup will boost the speed of your websites tremendously. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All the content which generates more traffic or causes a lot of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them automatically, so the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all websites hosted with us will improve. The aforementioned in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and lessens the possibility of a disk failure, which is an additional warranty for the reliability of all content which you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you get one of our semi-dedicated hosting packages, your websites will be stored on a cloud platform which employs exclusively SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and email messages. Along with the advanced ZFS file system that we use, this configuration guarantees extremely fast loading speed for any web app hosted on our end. To guarantee that the Internet sites of one customer will not affect the ones of another one, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system identifies files which are accessed more frequently and duplicates 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 of the drives, warrant their long life-span, minimize the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a super fast and reliable web hosting service.