A solid-state drive is much quicker than any regular hard disk. This is because a hard-disk drive uses spinning disks, which can rotate only so fast and the more information is read and written, the sluggish and hotter they get, whereas an SDD operates with modules of flash memory, therefore there aren't any physically moving parts. The access speeds for an SSD are considerably higher, which makes this type of drives the right solution every time speed is needed. That's why SSDs are in many cases employed for the Operating System on a computer system and for storing data that's accessed frequently on servers. Numerous providers also use a combination of the two drives, so they store the data on hard-disks, but they use one or more solid-state drives so as to cache the more frequently used data and for that reason, the data loads a lot 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 Shared Website Hosting
The cloud platform where we create shared website hosting accounts uses exclusively SSD drives, so your web apps and static Internet sites will open very fast. The SSDs are used for files, e-mails and databases, so no matter if you load a page or check for new emails using webmail, the content will load very quickly. To ensure even better speeds, we also use numerous dedicated SSDs which work only as cache. All of the content which generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is afterwards read from them and not from the main storage drives. Needless to say, that content is replaced dynamically for better efficiency. What we achieve in this way except for the better speed is decreased overall load, thus decreased possibility of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the main 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
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we provide are made on a cloud platform which employs only SSD drives. We don't use HDDs anymore, so your websites will load extremely fast because we employ SSDs for all aspects of the service - files, databases and email addresses. As some users may host Internet sites that can be more popular than others, we also use a number of drives for caching. Our system detects any content which is loaded more regularly and copies it on these drives so as 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 influence the performance of the rest of the sites which are stored on the very same main drive. Using caching drives also increases the life-span of the main storage SSDs and reduces the probability of disk failures.