A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media that uses flash modules in order to save information. The solid-state drives are still relatively new and more pricey compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), yet they're much faster, so they are quite often used for Operating Systems and applications on both home computer systems and servers. An SSD is recommended as it doesn't have spinning disks which restrict its speed and can cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. A lot of companies work with SSDs for caching purposes, so all the website content which is accessed more frequently will be held on such drives, while all the other content will be held on standard HDDs. The main reason to use such a configuration is to balance the cost and overall performance of their website hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs resulting from numerous reading and writing processes.

SSD with Data Caching in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud platform where we create shared website hosting accounts uses only SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, email addresses and databases, so regardless if you load a page or check for new email messages using webmail, the content will load without delay. So as to offer even better speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for much better efficiency. What we achieve this way in addition to the better speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased probability of hardware failures, and prolonged lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of protection for any info that you upload to your account.

SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server plans, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform which uses only SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and email messages. Together with the revolutionary ZFS file system that we use, this configuration guarantees lightning-fast loading speed for every web app hosted on our end. To ensure that the websites of one user will not affect the ones of another one, we also use multiple SSDs as cache - our system identifies files which are accessed more frequently and duplicates them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and as a result we can balance the load on all of the drives, warrant their long lifespan, decrease the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide a super fast and reliable web hosting service.