A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of every app running on it when compared with a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that an SSD uses a number of interconnected flash memory units, so there're no physical parts to move. In comparison, a hard-disk drive contains spinning disks and any reading or writing process causes the disks to move, which means that the speed of an HDD is restricted. As the cost of the two types of drives also differ, a large number of computer systems and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and random applications, and an HDD for file storage, in this way balancing price and efficiency. A hosting provider may also use an SSD for caching purposes, thus files that are accessed very often will be saved on such a drive for accomplishing better loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a website hosting account with us, you will notice their exceptional performance. This is because our cloud platform uses only SSD drives for all files, emails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. In addition to the advanced ZFS file system, this setup will boost the speed of your Internet sites substantially. For load-balancing, we also use numerous SSDs for caching purposes only. All the content which generates more traffic or causes plenty of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them promptly, so the load on the primary drives will be reduced, thus the overall performance of all sites hosted with us will be better. The abovementioned in turn prolongs the life of the main drives and decreases the potential for a disk failure, that is another guarantee for the integrity of any content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you acquire one of our semi-dedicated hosting packages, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform that uses only SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and emails. Together with the leading-edge ZFS file system that we use, this setup guarantees very fast loading speed for each web app hosted on our end. To ensure that the sites of one customer will not affect the ones of another one, we also use multiple 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 because of this we can balance the load on all drives, warrant their long life-span, minimize the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide you with a fast and reliable web hosting service.