A solid-state drive (SSD) improves the performance of each app running on it when compared to a common hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive uses a variety of interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, an HDD works by using spinning disks and every reading or writing process causes the disks to spin, so the speed of an HDD is limited. Since the prices of the two types of drives also differ, a lot of PCs and web servers are equipped with an SSD for the operating system and various applications, and a hard-disk drive for data storage, this way balancing cost and performance. An Internet hosting service provider may also use a solid-state drive for caching purposes, so files that are accessed very often will be kept on such a drive for reaching improved loading speeds and for reducing the reading/writing processes on the hard drives.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you purchase one of our semi-dedicated hosting packages, your Internet sites will be stored on a cloud platform which employs only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and email messages. Along with the revolutionary ZFS file system that we use, this setup guarantees fast loading speed for any web application hosted on our end. To ensure that the websites of one user do not affect the ones of another, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system identifies files that are accessed more frequently and copies them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is updated dynamically and consequently we can balance the load on all of the drives, warrant their extended lifespan, minimize the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide a quick and reliable Internet hosting service.