A solid-state drive is noticeably quicker than any conventional hard disk. This is because a hard-disk drive works by using rotating disks, which can rotate only so fast and the more data is read and written, the sluggish and hotter they get, whereas an SDD uses modules of flash memory, so there aren't any actually moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are drastically higher, which makes this sort of drives an ideal solution every time speed is needed. This is the reason why SSDs are frequently employed for the Operating System on a desktop or notebook and for storing data which is used repeatedly on servers. A large number of service providers also use a combination of the two drives, so they store the data on hard disk drives, but they use a couple of SSDs in order to cache the more often used data and for that reason, the data loads a lot faster while the load on the HDDs is decreased since their disks need to spin less frequently in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
The cloud platform where we make shared hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will load extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless of whether you load a page or check for new email messages with webmail, the content will load very quickly. So as to offer even higher speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. Any content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for much better efficiency. What we achieve this way apart from the improved speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased potential for hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of protection for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you acquire one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform that employs solely SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and email messages. Together with the revolutionary ZFS file system that we use, this configuration provides very fast loading speed for each web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the Internet sites of one customer don't affect the ones of another, we also use numerous SSDs as cache - our system detects files which are accessed more frequently and clones them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and consequently we can balance the load on all the drives, ensure their extended life-span, lower the risk of disk failures and, of course, supply a quick and reliable web hosting service.