A solid-state drive is much quicker than any conventional hard disk. The reason is that a hard-disk drive uses rotating disks, which can rotate only so fast and the more information is read and written, the slower and hotter they get, at the same time an SDD employs modules of flash memory, hence there are no actually moving components. The access speeds for an SSD are a lot higher, which makes this kind of drives an ideal solution any time speed is needed. Because of this SSDs are often used for the Operating System on a computer system and for saving data that's accessed frequently on servers. Numerous service providers also use a combination of both drives, so they keep the data on HDDs, but they use a couple of solid-state drives to cache the more often used data and due to this fact, the data loads much quicker while the load on the HDDs is reduced as their disks need to spin less frequently in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Web Hosting
The cloud platform where we create cloud web hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will open extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so no matter if you load a page or check for new e-mails with webmail, the content will load quickly. In order to ensure even greater speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs which function only as cache. All the content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve this way aside from the improved speed is lowered overall load, thus decreased probability of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of security for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we offer are created on a cloud platform which employs solely SSD drives. We do not use HDDs anymore, so your sites will load quickly since we employ SSDs for every part of the service - files, databases and e-mails. Considering that some customers may host websites which could be more popular than others, we also use a number of drives for caching. Our system identifies any content which is loaded more often and duplicates it on these drives in order to load it from them. This configuration is used for load-balancing purposes as we ensure that several reading/writing intensive Internet sites will not influence the performance of the other Internet sites that are stored on the same main drive. Using caching drives also raises the life-span of the main storage SSDs and decreases the possibility of disk failures.