A solid-state drive is incredibly quicker than any regular hard-disk drive. It is because a hard-disk drive employs rotating disks, which can rotate only so fast and the more data is read and written, the slower and warmer they become, while an SDD uses modules of flash memory, therefore there aren't any actually moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are significantly higher, which makes these drives the best solution if speed is needed. Because of this SSDs are frequently used for the Operating System on a laptop or computer and for saving data which is accessed regularly on hosting servers. A lot of providers also use a combination of both drives, so they keep the data on hard drives, but they use several SSDs in order to cache the more often used data and due to this fact, the data loads much quicker while the load on the HDDs is lowered as their disks have to spin less often in order to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create cloud website hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web apps and static sites will open very quickly. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so no matter if you load a page or check for new e-mails using webmail, the content will load right away. To offer even better speeds, we also use multiple dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. Any content that generates a lot of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later read from them and not from the main storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for much better efficiency. What we achieve this way aside from the better speed is decreased overall load, thus lower potential for hardware failures, and extended lifespan of the primary drives, that is one more level of security for any info that you upload to your account.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we offer are made on a cloud platform that employs exclusively SSD drives. We do not 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. As some customers may host websites which are more frequently visited than others, we also use many drives for caching. Our system identifies all the content that is loaded more regularly and duplicates it on these drives so as to load it from them. This setup is used for load-balancing purposes as we ensure that several reading/writing intensive websites will not influence the performance of the other Internet sites that are stored on the very same primary drive. Using caching drives also raises the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and reduces the possibility of disk failures.