A solid-state drive is significantly faster than any regular hard disk. The reason is that an HDD uses spinning disks, which can rotate only so fast and the more data is read and written, the sluggish and warmer they become, at the same time an SDD employs modules of flash memory, therefore there are no actually moving components. The access speeds for an SSD are a lot higher, which makes this sort of drives the right solution any time speed is needed. Because of this SSDs are in many cases employed for the Operating System on a desktop or notebook and for saving data that is used frequently on servers. Many service providers also use a combination of the two drives, so they keep the data on HDDs, but they use several solid-state drives in order to cache the more frequently used data and due to this fact, the data loads much quicker while the load on the HDDs is lowered because their disks need to spin less often 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 Internet sites will open very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mail addresses and databases, so regardless if you load a page or check for new messages with webmail, the content will load instantly. To ensure even better speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve in this way aside from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased potential for hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, that is one more level of protection for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you sign up for one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, we'll keep your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all of the databases and e-mail messages. That way, your script-driven apps and webmail will load extremely fast. We use dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive content is cloned automatically on these drives, so we make certain that a number of heavy websites that generate a considerable amount of reading and writing processes will not affect the other Internet sites which share the same drive. By reducing the overall load we also raise the lifespan of the primary storage drives and reduce the possibility of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an additional level of stability for your site content.