A solid-state drive is significantly faster than any conventional hard disk. The reason is that a hard-disk drive employs spinning disks, that can rotate only so fast and the more info is read and written, the slower and warmer they get, while an SDD uses modules of flash memory, therefore there are no actually moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are much higher, which makes this sort of drives a recommended solution when speed is needed. This is the reason why SSDs are frequently used for the Operating System on a home PC and for storing data which is used regularly on web servers. Many providers also use a combination of both drives, so they keep the data on hard drives, but they use several SSDs to cache the more often used data and due to this fact, the data loads much quicker while the load on the HDDs is decreased because their disks have to spin less frequently in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Hosting
We use exclusively SSDs on our leading-edge cloud web hosting platform and we have eliminated all HDDs on our production servers so as to ensure improved loading speeds for all aspects of our services - files, e-mails and databases. That way, any content which you upload to your cloud hosting account will be reachable very fast. To improve the performance of the websites hosted on our end even more, we also use a number of SSDs which work solely as cache - our system saves routinely accessed content on them and updates it instantly. We take advantage of this kind of a configuration to ensure that traffic-intensive sites will never affect the performance of the other sites hosted on our platform and that way all other sites can also take full advantage of the speed which the SSD drives provide. Furthermore, since the load on the main drives is reduced, their lifespan shall be longer, that's one more warranty for the security and stability of your info.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Hosting
All semi-dedicated hosting accounts that we provide are created on a cloud platform that uses solely SSD drives. We don't use HDDs any longer, so your sites will load very fast as we employ SSDs for each part of the service - files, databases and emails. Considering that some users may host sites which are more popular than others, we also use multiple drives for caching. Our system discovers all the content which is loaded more often 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 other Internet sites which are stored on the same primary drive. Using caching drives also raises the life-span of the main storage SSDs and lowers the possibility of disk failures.