A solid-state drive is really faster than any regular hard-disk drive. This is because an HDD employs rotating disks, that can rotate only so fast and the more information is read and written, the slower and warmer they become, while an SDD takes advantage of modules of flash memory, so there are no physically moving components. The access speeds for an SSD are much higher, which makes this kind of drives an ideal solution any time speed is needed. This is the reason why SSDs are in many cases employed for the Operating System on a desktop or notebook and for storing data that's accessed regularly on hosting servers. A lot of service providers also use a combination of the two drives, so they keep the data on hard-disks, but they use a couple of solid-state drives so as to cache the more often used data and consequently, the data loads a lot faster while the load on the HDDs is decreased since their disks have to spin less often in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Website Hosting
If you host your sites in a website hosting account with us, you'll definitely notice their excellent performance. The reason is that our cloud platform uses exclusively SSD drives for all of the files, emails and databases and we don't use HDDs for any part of the Internet hosting service. In addition to the revolutionary ZFS file system, this configuration will increase the speed of your sites tremendously. For load-balancing, we also use a number of SSDs for caching purposes only. All content which generates increased traffic or creates a lot of reading/writing processes is duplicated on them automatically, so that the load on the primary drives will be lower, thus the overall performance of all Internet sites hosted on our end will be better. The aforementioned in turn prolongs the life of the primary drives and reduces the chance of a disk failure, which is one more guarantee for the integrity of all content that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you register for one of our semi-dedicated server plans, we will hold your content on SSD drives and this is valid not just for the files, but also for all databases and email messages. Thus, your script-driven applications and webmail will load extremely fast. We employ dedicated SSDs for caching as well. Traffic-intensive content is duplicated automatically on these drives, so we make sure that a couple of heavy Internet sites which generate a considerable amount of reading and writing processes shall not affect the other websites which share the exact same drive. By reduction of the overall system load we also raise the lifespan of the primary storage drives and reduce the chance of a disk failure, so by using SSD drives for caching purposes, we add an extra level of protection for your content.