A solid-state drive is really faster than any regular hard-disk drive. It is because an HDD uses spinning disks, that can rotate only so fast and the more information is read and written, the slower and warmer they get, while an SDD operates with modules of flash memory, therefore there aren't any actually moving components. The access speeds for an SSD are much higher, which makes these drives a preferred solution every time speed is needed. This is the reason why SSDs are in many cases employed for the Operating System on a personal computer and for storing data that is used frequently on web servers. Many providers also use a combination of both drives, so they save the data on hard drives, but they use several SSDs in order to cache the more frequently used data and because of that, the data loads quicker while the load on the HDDs is decreased since their disks have to spin less frequently to read and write.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
We use exclusively SSDs on our leading-edge cloud web hosting platform and we have removed all HDDs on the production servers as to ensure outstanding loading speeds for every aspect of our services - files, emails and databases. This way, any content that you upload to your shared hosting account will be reachable very fast. To improve the overall performance of the websites hosted on our end even further, we also use multiple SSDs that function exclusively as cache - our system stores often accessed content on them and upgrades it automatically. We employ this kind of a setup to guarantee that traffic-intensive Internet sites will never affect the performance of the other websites hosted on our platform and that way all other Internet sites can also take full advantage of the speed which the SSD drives provide. In addition, since the load on the main drives is reduced, their lifespan shall be longer, which is one more guarantee for the safety and integrity of your information.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
All semi-dedicated server accounts that we provide are created on a cloud platform that uses solely SSD drives. We do not use HDDs anymore, so your Internet sites will load very quickly as we use SSDs for each part of the service - files, databases and email addresses. As some people may host Internet sites that can be more frequently visited than others, we also use many drives for caching. Our system discovers any content that is loaded more frequently and clones it on these drives in order to load it from them. This configuration is used for load-balancing purposes as we ensure that several reading/writing intensive websites will not affect the performance of the rest of the sites that are stored on the same main drive. Using caching drives also increases the lifespan of the main storage SSDs and decreases the possibility of disk failures.