A solid-state drive is substantially quicker than any regular hard-disk drive. The reason is that an HDD uses spinning disks, which can rotate only so fast and the more information is read and written, the slower and hotter they get, while an SDD employs modules of flash memory, therefore there aren't any physically moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are substantially higher, which makes this type of drives an ideal solution any time speed is needed. This is the reason why SSDs are in many cases used for the Operating System on a home PC and for keeping data that's used often on hosting servers. Numerous service providers also use a combination of both drives, so they keep the data on HDDs, but they use several solid-state drives in order to cache the more often used data and consequently, the data loads a lot quicker while the load on the HDDs is lowered because their disks have to spin less frequently in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
The cloud platform where we create cloud hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web apps and static Internet sites will load extremely fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so regardless of whether you open a page or check for new messages with webmail, the content will load without delay. So as to offer even higher speeds, we also use a group of dedicated SSDs that function only as cache. All of the content which generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better performance. What we achieve that way aside from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased possibility of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of protection for any data that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you get one of our semi-dedicated server packages, your sites will be stored on a cloud platform which uses only SSD drives for the storage of files, databases and emails. In addition to the leading-edge ZFS file system that we use, this setup guarantees very fast loading speed for each web application hosted on our end. To guarantee that the websites of one customer won't affect the ones of another, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system discovers 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 because of this we can balance the load on all drives, warrant their long lifespan, minimize the risk of disk failures and, of course, offer you a super fast and reliable Internet hosting service.