A solid-state drive is significantly quicker than any regular hard disk. This is because a hard-disk drive uses spinning disks, that can rotate only so fast and the more data is read and written, the sluggish and hotter they become, at the same time an SDD operates with modules of flash memory, hence there are no physically moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are a lot higher, which makes this sort of drives a recommended solution in case speed is needed. That's why SSDs are in many cases used for the Operating System on a home PC and for saving data that is used often on hosting servers. A lot of service providers also use a combination of both drives, so they store the data on hard disk drives, but they use several SSDs in order to cache the more frequently used data and as a consequence, the data loads much quicker while the load on the HDDs is lowered since their disks need to spin less frequently in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we make shared website hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web apps and static Internet sites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless if you load a page or check for new email messages using webmail, the content will load quickly. To ensure even higher speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All of the content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for improved efficiency. What we achieve this way aside from the better speed is reduced overall load, thus lower possibility of hardware failures, and prolonged 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 solutions, we will keep your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all databases and e-mails. This way, your script-driven applications and webmail will load very fast. We use dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive site content is copied automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a couple of heavy Internet sites which generate a large amount of reading and writing processes will not influence the other Internet sites that share the exact same drive. By reduction of the overall load we also boost the lifespan of the primary storage disks and lower the possibility of a disk failure, so by employing SSD drives for caching purposes, we add another level of stability for your content.