A solid-state drive (SSD) enhances the performance of any application running on it compared to a classic hard-disk drive (HDD). The reason is that a solid-state drive uses many different interconnected flash memory modules, so there are no physical parts to move. In contrast, a hard-disk drive employs spinning disks and each reading or writing process causes the disks to rotate, meaning the speed of an HDD is limited. Because the prices of the two kinds of drives are also different, lots of PCs and web servers are set up with an SSD for the OS and various applications, and a hard disk for data storage, in this way balancing cost and overall performance. A hosting provider can also use an SSD for caching purposes, so files which are used regularly will be held on such a drive for achieving better loading speeds and for minimizing the reading/writing processes on the hard disks.

SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting

The cloud platform where we make cloud hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static sites will open extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, email addresses and databases, so regardless if you open a page or check for new e-mails through webmail, the content will load promptly. To offer even higher speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better efficiency. What we achieve that way apart from the better speed is lowered overall load, thus reduced possibility of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the main drives, which is one more level of protection for any information 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 uses exclusively SSD drives. We do not use HDDs anymore, so your websites will load very fast since we employ SSDs for each aspect of the service - files, databases and e-mails. Considering that some customers may host sites that are more popular than others, we also use multiple drives for caching. Our system identifies all of the content that is accessed more frequently and duplicates it on these drives in order to load it from them. This setup is used for load-balancing purposes as we make sure that several reading/writing intensive websites will not affect the performance of the rest of the sites which are stored on the very same main drive. Using caching drives also raises the life-span of the main storage SSDs and decreases the probability of disk failures.