A solid-state drive is really faster than any conventional hard-disk drive. This is because an HDD works by using spinning disks, which can rotate only so fast and the more info is read and written, the slower and hotter they get, whereas an SDD operates with modules of flash memory, so there are no actually moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are drastically higher, which makes this type of drives a preferred solution any time speed is needed. This is the reason why SSDs are often used for the Operating System on a personal computer and for keeping data that is used frequently on web servers. Many service providers also use a combination of both drives, so they save the data on HDDs, but they use one or more solid-state drives in order to cache the more frequently used data and as a consequence, the data loads a lot quicker while the load on the HDDs is reduced because their disks need to spin less often in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Hosting
We use only SSDs on our state-of-the-art cloud web hosting platform and we've eliminated all HDDs on our production servers as to offer better loading speeds for every aspect of our services - files, emails and databases. This way, all the content you upload to your hosting account will be reachable very quickly. In order to enhance the performance of the websites hosted on our end even more, we also use multiple SSDs that function only as cache - our system saves repeatedly accessed content on them and upgrades it without delay. We take advantage of this type of a setup to ensure that multi-media heavy sites do not affect the performance of the other sites hosted on our platform and this way all other sites can also take advantage of the speed that the SSD drives provide. Furthermore, given that the load on the main drives is decreased, their life-span will be longer, that is one more warranty for the safety and integrity of your information.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you subscribe for one of our semi-dedicated server plans, we'll keep your content on SSD drives and this is valid not only for the files, but also for all the databases and e-mail messages. Thus, your script-driven applications and webmail will load very quickly. We work with dedicated SSDs for caching too. Traffic-intensive site content is copied automatically on these drives, so we ensure that a couple of heavy sites which generate plenty of reading and writing processes will not impact the other websites which share the exact same drive. By reduction of the overall load we also increase the lifespan of the primary storage drives and lower the probability of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add another level of protection for your content.